Standards Implementation Toolkit
Transition Resource from the Standards Implementation Summit:
New resources supporting district efforts to transition to the new Colorado Standards are available here.
Our most frequently requested resource at this time is the Transition Action Planning Guide (TAP Guide) which can be used to evaluate a district's existing transition plan or to support a district in creating a new plan.
Standards 411 Summit for Vendors, Partners and Providers:
On May 18, 2012, the Colorado Department of Education hosted educational vendors, community partners, and instructional service providers to participate in a half-day informational summit about the new Colorado standards. The materials from this day are available here.
Welcome! The Standards Implementation Toolkit is designed to help Colorado educators understand, transition to, and fully implement the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and the Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards. The new standards were written with a transformational vision and purpose in mind, requiring an intentional and thoughtful approach to implementation in order to achieve the intended outcomes for Colorado’s students and educational system.
The Colorado Department of Education's approach to standards implementation has four phases: awareness and dissemination, transition, implementation, and transformation. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, schools and districts are expected to transition to the new standards, with full implementation occurring by the 2013-14 school year. To this end, CDE will provide tools for each phase of the standards implementation process that will help schools and districts inform Colorado educators about the new standards, and start the process of reviewing, revising, and aligning local standards, curriculum, and instructional practices.
Schools and districts across Colorado are at various stages of the implementation process. The toolkit is designed to provide support in all four phases. While the toolkit is intended to serve as a step-by-step guide to implementing the new standards, school and district leaders should consider and identify their current position in standards implementation, assess their needs for the work moving forward, and subsequently utilize resources on the toolkit that address those needs. The toolkit is divided into four main sections that correspond to CDE’s four phases of standards implementation. Each area includes a description and list of suggested action steps and resources needed to move forward with implementation.
- Click here to find an overview of the Colorado Department of Education's standards and assessment transition.
- Below are links to the CDE-developed tools to help districts redesign existing curriculum or design new curriculum aligned to the new standards. They help organize the content, concepts, and skills represented in the new standards: