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Developing Colorado's High School Graduation Requirements

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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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Menu of Options

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

Menu of Options

English

Math

Science

Social Studies

ACT

18

19

TBD

N/A

Advanced Placement (AP)

3+

3+

3+

3+

ASVAB

50

50

N/A

N/A

Capstone

Individualized   

Individualized

Individualized

 Individualized

Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)

3+

3+

3+

3+

Concurrent Enrollment

C- or better

C- or better

C- or better

C- or better

Industry Certificate

Individualized

Individualized

Individualized

Individualized

International Baccalaureate (IB)

3+

3+

3+

3+

SAT

430

460

N/A

N/A


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:

Because of a discussion about refining the menu of career and college ready demonstrations for graduation guidelines at the state board of education meeting in February, graduation guidelines will now be referred to as graduation requirements. Documents and resources produced and posted after March 1, 2015 will be titled Colorado graduation requirements and documents before that date will be titled Colorado graduation guidelines.

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