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Developing Colorado's High School Graduation Requirements

Find stories, models, and promising practices from the Graduation Guidelines Summit 

View the Graduation Guidelines Summit on social media, #SummitGG  

Regional Conversations 

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Symposium 

For information about scheduling a regional convening about Graduation Guidelines, please contact Robin Russel, 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 took 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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ACCUPLACER 62 on Reading Comprehension or 
70 on Sentence Skills
61 on Elementary Algebra


18 on ACT English

19 on ACT Math

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)



SAT: Scores update for new SAT (2016)



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


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,


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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