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The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that use and go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at reasoned and justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena/events.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education, released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011, identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school.

Important Announcements

Implementation Timeline Extended for the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Science 

Recently CDE solicited feedback on the option to extend the implementation timeline only for the science standards.  As a result, full implementation of the science standards will take place in the 2021-22 school year. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) science assessments will transition to covering the 2020 CAS in science no sooner than the full implementation of the 2020 science CAS.

What is a STEM School

A resource for identifying and measuring STEM schools and programs.

STEM Diploma Endorsement

A guidance document for understanding the requirements for the STEM diploma endorsement.

Fast Facts: Science

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Science education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Science education in Colorado!

For website assistance in Science, please contact  Maya M. Garcia.