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Graduation Guidelines Menu of Options - Availability for Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Graduation Readiness Options

Districts may consider using one or more of these options to allow students to show readiness for graduation in 2021.
Please see Flexibility for the Class of 2021.  Consider also linking to the Toolkit for Planning the 2020-21 School Year





Please reach out to your partnering institution for questions about how to take an ACCUPLACER test at this time.


Many Colorado testing centers are scheduled to begin administering the ACT on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, depending on “guidance from the CDC, state governments, and local public health guidelines.”

ACT WorkKeys

Students can test again when they return to school, and/or when the local Workforce Center re-opens.  

Advanced Placement (AP)

The 2021 AP Exams are scheduled for May 3-14, 2021.  The AP Program intends to. “...provide a contingency testing option—that contains full course content—if school buildings close for safety concerns.”


Student ASVAB testing may resume this fall, if schools are open for in-person learning.

Concurrent Enrollment 

Local Education Providers (LEPs) should work with their higher education partners to determine how the institution plans to offer courses. Most classes are available online, and some college courses will be open to students on site.

District Capstone

Because this measure is district- determined, students could work on their capstone projects, portfolios, and/or presentations individually and, if available, digitally. 

Industry Certificate

CDE and the Colorado Workforce Development Council have created a list of industry certificates that are available online.  Please see a list of programs here.

The Career Development Incentive Program has extended the time window for attainment through September 29, 2020.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

The Spring 2021 IB examinations are scheduled for April 29 – May 21. “The IB will continue to update schools with timely guidance ahead of the May 2021 session. Please check back regularly for updates.”


CDE will pay for and, in partnership with College Board, support an optional SAT administration for 12th grade students on Sept 23 or Oct 14, with the make-up administration on Oct 27, as long as schools are open for in- person learning.

Collaboratively developed, standards-based performance assessments

CDE and educators across the state have formed a Professional Learning Community focused on cultivating strong performance assessment practices. Participants will use a scoring platform to facilitate statewide scoring collaboration of the teacher developed performance assessments. The PLC is working June-December 2020.