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Developing Colorado's High School Graduation Requirements


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Adams 12 Conference Center, 1500 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241


A free, interactive workshop on strategies for implementing Graduation Guidelines that lead to deeper learning and provide pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce success for each student.

  • Learn from Colorado districts/schools that have used the state’s Graduation Guidelines as a vehicle to transform their systems so that each student is prepared for success after high school;
  • Hear from teachers, administrators, national experts, and students about how school can be more authentic, engaging, and tailored to meet the needs and interests of each learner;
  • See exemplars of great work by Colorado schools and school districts;
  • Interact with districts/schools representing Colorado’s broad diversity of education systems.


Colorado Education Initiative and Jobs for the Future, in partnership with CDE, are offering this workshop to provide a space for Colorado educators and partners to explore how a strategic approach to implementing graduation guidelines can promote deeper learning and ensure that Colorado’s students are ready for the future. The Summit is offered free of cost thanks to generous funding by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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For more information, contact Robin Russel at or 303-866-2908.

Graduation Guidelines Fact Sheets

Life beyond high school is different from what it used to be.

Most jobs require education beyond high school. Colorado Graduation Guidelines provide a road map to help students and their families plan for success after high school. The graduation guidelines take effect with ninth-graders in fall 2017.

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Graduation cap and diploma

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Career and College Ready Demonstrations

Each local school board has the authority to establish local high school graduation requirements that meet or exceed the Colorado Graduation Guidelines. View expanded descriptions and implementation strategies.

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ACCUPLACER 62 on Reading Comprehension 61 on Elementary Algebra


18 on ACT English

19 on ACT Math

ACT Compass 79 63
ACT WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certificate Bronze or higher Bronze or higher

Advanced Placement (AP)






Concurrent Enrollment Passing grade per district and higher education policy Passing grade per district and higher education policy

District Capstone



Industry Certificate



International Baccalaureate (IB)






Collaboratively-developed, standards-based performance assessment State-wide scoring criteria State-wide scoring criteria


Graduation guidelines timeline

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Next Steps

These graduation guidelines have been a catalyst for excellent conversations – about competencies, postsecondary and workforce readiness (PWR) and local control.

The Colorado Department of Education continues to meet with interested constituents to solicit feedback on the development of graduation guidelines and has engaged the expertise of more than 500 contributors. If you or your group is interested in being part of the conversation, we would like to hear from you.


Robin Russel, 303-866-2908,


Currently, Colorado's only statewide requirement for high school graduation is the satisfactory completion of a civics/government course that encompasses information on both the United States and State of Colorado (C.R.S. 22-1-104)

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