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Office of Standards and Instructional Support

About SIS

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) consists of full-time and part-time staff of content specialists with expertise in all areas within the Colorado Academic Standards. This team is committed to supporting education professionals across the state in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for student success. The team provides guidance and expertise through technical assistance, both internally and externally, related to standards implementation and instructional support.

News and Announcements

CDE accepting public feedback on social studies and the arts

The Colorado Academic Standards revision committees for the Arts and Social Studies have released draft recommendations for revision of the academic standards. The feedback window for the Arts revision recommendations will be open from November 12, 2021 to January 1, 2022. The feedback window for the Social Studies revision recommendations has been extended and is open from November 12, 2021-February 1, 2022.

After reviewing the recommended revision documents below, you can provide feedback in one of two ways: 1) To provide detailed feedback on specific parts of each standard, use the online system link below. 2) If you are interested in providing general feedback about the recommended revisions, you can send those through the email,


Video tutorial on accessing and using the online system


Provide feedback through the standards online system.



The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Resource Bank

The Holocaust and Genocide Resource Bank is now available. This resource bank is the work of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Committee. The committee used a vetting tool to determine the quality, usability, and alignment with the Holocaust and Genocide standards for the selection of collection resources.

Content Areas



comprehensive health

physical education

social studies

computer science

reading, writing, and communicating

world languages

financial literacy


Resources in Response to COVID-19 

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has contributed to resources that support educators during these unprecedented times. The following are the most requested areas to find answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, a frequent question our office receives is in regard to priority standards. Our office implements legislation and current legislation does not prioritize specific grade-level expectations in any content area. Therefore, we operate to assist districts in implementing standards that are adopted by the State Board of Education in all content areas. Curricular decisions are made at the local level.

NEW! (August 2021) How should schools use COVID relief funds to make long-term investments in curriculum and instruction? This short guide has recommendations about investing in personnel, using evidence to select high-quality curriculum materials, implementing strong PD programs, and more.