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Postsecondary Readiness

Fact Sheets


  • Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Program (PDF)
    The Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program is designed to increase the number of eligible students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded, by covering the cost of the exam. The program provides funds to high schools to pay for all or a portion of AP and IB exam fees on behalf of eligible students. 
  • Advanced Placement Incentives Program (PDF)
    AP Incentives began during the 2014-15 school year and is designed to incentivize the implementation and/or expansion of Advanced Placement (AP) programs to build capacity for increased AP participation in rural and small rural school districts across Colorado. During the 2018 session, the program was extended to 2021. 
  • Career Development Incentive Program (PDF)
    The Career Development Incentive Program provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students, grades 9-12, to complete qualified industry credential programs, internships, residencies, construction pre-apprenticeship or construction apprenticeship programs or qualified Advanced Placement courses.
  • John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program
    Gov. Jared Polis signed the John W. Buckner Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant Program (SB 19-059) in 2019. The program is intended to increase the number of students enrolled in advanced courses for subjects in which the student has demonstrated proficiency. 
  • Individual Career and Academic Plan (PDF)
    ICAP is a multi-year process that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities.
  • Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) (PDF)
    Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) bill into law (HB 15-1270) in 2015. P-TECH is intended to create a public-private partnership to prepare Colorado students for high-skill jobs of the future.
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PDF)
    The revised postsecondary and workforce readiness description was adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education and Colorado Commission on Higher Education, along with competencies.
  • School Counselor Corps Grant (PDF)
    Colorado’s School Counselor Corps Grant Program funding is awarded to eligible school districts, BOCES, charter schools or Institute charter schools. The purpose of this program is to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools.
  • Workforce Diploma Pilot Program (PDF)
    The Workforce Diploma Pilot Program will operate for three years, giving financial incentives for eligible providers to reengage Colorado adults seeking a high school diploma and other credentials.

Concurrent Enrollment

High School Equivalency Test Program 

  • Diploma Sender (PDF)
    CDE uses Diploma Sender, an external internet-based service to help test takers order GED documents via email, fax and mail.
  • High School Equivalency Testing Program (PDF)
    This fact sheet is an overview of the Colorado State Board of Education approved high school equivalency examinations utilized in Colorado to measure major outcomes and concepts associated with high school education.

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