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Developing Colorado's High School Graduation Requirements

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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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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English

Math

ACCUPLACER 62 on Reading Comprehension 61 on Elementary Algebra

ACT

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)

2

2

ASVAB

31

31

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

District Capstone

Individualized

Individualized

Industry Certificate

Individualized

Individualized

International Baccalaureate (IB)

4

4

SAT

430

460

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

Timeline

Graduation guidelines timeline

View timeline details for 2015-2021


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.

Contact

Robin Russel, 303-866-2908, russel_r@cde.state.co.us


Note:

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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