Developing Colorado’s Endorsed Diploma Criteria
Pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1009 and 22-7-1017 (2), calls for the next step of implementing Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K) calls for the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to jointly adopt high school diploma endorsement criteria that local school districts may choose to use indicating a student’s level of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR). A PWR Endorsed Diploma identifies student excellence over and above a standard high school diploma. The endorsement rewards high school graduates for excellence by guaranteeing that the student meets minimum academic qualifications for admission to all open, modified open, or moderately selective public institutions of higher education in Colorado, as well as priority consideration for admission into Colorado’s selective and highly selective institutions.
The Colorado PWR Endorsed Diploma signifies a student has thoughtfully planned for post-high school life and is academically prepared for credit-bearing 100-level postsecondary coursework without the need for remediation. It also means the student possesses the abilities and skills demanded in a rapidly changing, 21st century workplace or postsecondary education environment (i.e., critical thinking and problem solving, information literacy, collaboration, self direction, and invention skills).
Process and Timelines:
The PWR Endorsed Diploma criteria have been developed by a statewide task force of members representing parents, high school leaders and postsecondary administrators. The task force convened in a series of five meetings beginning in late August 2011 and concluding in October 2011. Subsequently, all twenty three Colorado institutions of higher education approved the criteria by June of 2012.
The endorsed diploma criteria will be piloted in several Colorado high schools over the next few years in partnership with the Department of Higher Education. Once refined through the pilot, the criteria will be brought to the SBE and CCHE for joint adoption. Statewide implementation is planned for the fall of 2014. The PWR Endorsed Diploma is not a statewide requirement, local districts may elect to implement the PWR Endorsed Diploma in their high schools if they so choose.
Criteria for the Colorado PWR Endorsed Diploma
The PWR Endorsed Diploma criteria include four steps a student must satisfy:
- Step 1 – Student is college ready in math and English language arts
- Step 2 – Student completes ICAP
- Step 3 – Student demonstrates 21st century skills
- Step 4 – Student demonstrates mastery of academic content in three content areas
For More Information
Please send questions or requests for more information to: Misti Ruthven