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Graduation Guidelines Timeline for Implementation

Overview

Since the State Board of Education first approved the Graduation Guidelines Menu of Options in 2015, districts have established local graduation requirements and implementation strategies that are aligned with Graduation Guidelines and that empower students to demonstrate Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR).

The Class of 2021 is the first class required to graduate according to the Menu of Options. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state approved flexibility for the Class of 2021. Local education providers now have options for graduating students in 2021 and/or 2022.

Please note that districts and LEPs must report the measure by which students graduate in 2020-21. See information below and in this link: Graduation Guidelines Reporting. 

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Flexibility, 2020-2021

For the 20-2021 school year, LEPs may graduate students according to district-determined graduation requirements that include the Menu of Options (PDF) and/or local options, such as courses.

LEPs can decide if they would like to implement Graduation Guidelines for the Class of 2021 or delay full implementation until the class of 2022.

  • Communicate to students, families and the community about your plans for meeting Graduation Guidelines, in general, and for the class of 2021, in particular.
    • Find websites, sample letters and other communication strategies in the Graduation Guidelines Promising Practices section.
  • Continue to build implementation strategies for the Class of 2021 and 2022, and for students in 9th – 12th grades.
    • Review Promising Practices of other schools and districts.
    • Continue to involve students and families in the process.
  • Graduate the first students under revised graduation guidelines and/or according to local graduation requirements.
  • Report the graduation pathway of all students in the required Graduation Guidelines Student Interchange
    • This collection is now required for all graduates.
    • LEPs are given flexibility to graduate students according to the Menu of Options and/or local measures.
    • It is part of the Student End of Year data collection.
    • Direct questions to, and/or learn about digital training sessions from Jesse Cooper, Senior Data Analysts with CDE's Data Services team.

Full implementation, 2021-2022

Full implementation of the Graduation Guidelines Menu of Options is expected to go into effect for the class of 2022.

  • Continue to communicate with students and families about your district requirements for graduation for the class of 2022 and for all grades, 9-12.
  • Continue to build on the implementation strategies that you have in place.
  • Continue to track data internally.
  • Graduate the Class of 2022 according to the Menu of Options.
  • Report the measures by which each student in the class 2022 graduated in the required Graduation Guidelines Student Interchange File, part of the End of Year Collection.
    • LEAs must report the Graduation Guidelines measure(s) by which each student graduated according to the Menu of Options.
    • Accountability is linked to the interchange file through the Exit Code of each student.

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Ongoing

  • Continue to align local graduation requirements with the state’s graduation guidelines. Graduation Guidelines begin with the ICAP process and Colorado Academic Standards, including embedded Essential Skills, for all students.
  • Reflect on your current practice. Consider adjustments to your implementation strategy based on local graduation statistics.
  • Continue to report the graduation pathway of all students in the required Graduation Guidelines Student Interchange
    • This collection is now required for all graduates and is part of the Student End of Year data collection.
    • It is part of the Student End of Year data collection.
    • Please direct questions to, and/or learn about digital training sessions from Jesse Cooper, Senior Data Analysts with CDE's Data Services team
  • Empower each student to develop a meaningful Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP) process.

Graphic that describes graduation guidelines timeline - ongoing