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Criteria for High School Graduation Guidelines


The emerging draft graduation guidelines include three components that each student must satisfy in order to graduate.

  • Student must demonstrate mastery of the following academic content areas:
    • Reading, Writing and Communicating
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • At least one other content area from the Colorado Academic Standards or Career and Technical Education Standards
  • Student must demonstrate mastery of the following 21st century learning skills:
    • Critical thinking and reasoning
    • Information literacy
    • Collaboration
    • Self-direction
    • Invention
  • Student must complete key components of the Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP)
    • Career Plan and Goals
    • Work Experience
    • Academic Progress
    • College Exploration and Applications
    • Progress in Financial Literacy and College Finances


The Graduation Guidelines Council is building out each of these components; and CDE staff will be gathering input from the field, research, and other state models to help refine the criteria.


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