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Office of Standards and Instructional Support

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.

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

Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support is seeking applications for review and revision committee membership in Social Studies, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts.  During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly passed Colorado House Bill 20-1032 (section 22-7-1005(6) C.R.S.) amending the provision that required the regular review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards.  The statute previously required all content area revisions to occur within six years of the prior cycle which occurred in 2018.  The changes now require the state board to review and revise approximately one-third of the standards beginning in 2022 and an additional one-third every two years thereafter.  More information about the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision process and applying for committee membership can be found on our website.  The application deadline has been extended to January 31, 2021.

Setting the Standard Webinar Series

The Office Standards and Instructional Support is hosting an ongoing webinar series called Setting the Standard. Join the team to stay up-to-date on high impact instructional strategies, CDE resources for teaching and Colorado Academic Standards implementation updates. Webinars will be hosted on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

September 4th session will be about digging into the "High Impact Instruction in Diverse Settings" guidance document.

Webinars will be hosted on the first and third Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Join us

High Impact Instruction in Diverse Settings

Instructional guidance for educators in all content areas was created to support the teaching and learning of academic standards in diverse settings. Read more.

Content Areas



comprehensive health

physical education

social studies

computer science

reading, writing, and communicating

world languages

financial literacy