Learn about the Standards
The new Colorado Academic Standards create a seamless transition from preschool to high school graduation. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.
The Colorado State Board of Education formally adopted the new standards
in December 2009. The new standards replace the Colorado Model
Content Standards adopted and used over the last 15 years.
|The State Board also adopted Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards which provide a continuum for language development and a framework for determining English language proficiency. The CELP standards should also be used to provide access to concepts and skills in all content areas through language differentiation.|
The Colorado Academic Standards set clearer, higher and more relevant expectations for students. They outline the broad themes, ideas and concepts students must master in ten academic areas to be successful in school and in life.
The new standards are nationally and internationally benchmarked and the math and reading, writing and communicating standards incorporate the Common Core State Standards adopted by 44 states.
State law (SB
08-212) requires school boards to review and revise their
English language proficiency and academic standards to align with
the Colorado Academic Standards and English Language Proficiency
Standards by December 2011. Following this review, school boards are
required to adopt the revised standards.
Introducing the New Standards
Topics included in this section:
The standards revision process
SB 08-212 requirements for school districts
Transformative elements of the Colorado Academic Standards
Preliminary planning for transition to the new Colorado Academic Standards
View the standards introduction PowerPoint with notes.