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Guides to the 2009/2010 Colorado Academic Standards

In partnership with the Colorado PTA, family and community guides to the Colorado Academic Standards (in English and Spanish) have been created to help families and communities across Colorado better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. They also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each of the ten content areas of the standards and offer examples of educational experiences that students may engage in, and that families could support, during the school year. The guides are organized in multiple ways to support various needs. Click the links below to access specific grade level and content area guides.
 
En colaboración con la Colorado PTA, se crearon guías comunitarias sobre las Normas académicas de Colorado (en inglés y español) para ayudar a las familias y a las comunidades de todo Colorado a entender mejor las metas y los resultados de las Normas académicas de Colorado. Las guías describen el objetivo "global" de las normas, como planes de acción para ayudar a garantizar que todos los alumnos de Colorado egresen preparados para la vida, la universidad y las profesiones. Además ofrecen una visión de conjunto de las expectativas de aprendizaje de cada una de las diez áreas de contenido de las normas y proponen ejemplos de experiencias educativas en las que los alumnos pueden participar, y que las familias podrían apoyar durante el año escolar. La oficina de Normas y Apoyo Educativo (Standards and Instructional Support) trabaja actualmente con los educadores de Colorado y la Colorado PTA para crear documentos similares para los grados k-12.


Arts

The Arts Standards reflect the innate creativity and rigorous cognition, required to produce a work of art, all students deserve to experience. The standards challenge the elitist perception sometimes associated with the arts, asking all students to stretch their thinking and participate in the creative process inherent in each arts discipline (Know/Comprehend, Create, Perform/Present, and Refine/Critique).

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Dance

Danza

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Drama and Theatre Arts

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Music

Música

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Visual Arts

Artes visuales

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Dr. Carla Aguilar, Dr. Patrick Fahey, Dr. Mary Schuttler, and Judi Hofmeister for their invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in the Arts. Their expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

The Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards focus on personal decision-making around emotional and social well-being, positive communication, healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco, drug, and alcohol abuse prevention and violence prevention. The standards underscore important skills for navigating today’s society with its complex and often confusing messages around health, beauty, and happiness. 

Comprehensive Health

Salud integral

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Physical Education

Educación física

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Pam Gibble and Aprille Vasu for their invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.  Their expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Mathematics

The Mathematics standards compel us to make mathematics relevant to students by moving beyond mere answer getting to doing the work of mathematicians. The standards emphasize the development of students’ abilities to use mathematics to represent their lived experiences and to simplify and explain complex phenomena. 

Matemáticas

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Frederick Peck and Raymond Johnson for their invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Mathematics.  Their expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Reading, Writing, and Communicating

The Reading, Writing, and Communicating standards invite students to use texts to better understand others’ experiences in the world and to command language in order to articulate their own perspective on the human experience. The standards intentionally reflect the read-write connection and the relationship between critically consuming texts to build knowledge and producing texts to convey knowledge.

Lectura, escritura y comunicación

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Jonathan Wright for his invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Reading, Writing, and Communicating. His expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Science

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.

Ciencia

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Patricia Kincaid for her invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Science. Her expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Social Studies

The Social Studies standards guide students in developing the knowledge and skills to make sound judgments, understand historical and contemporary experiences/events, analyze interpersonal and global tensions, and actively participate in the complex world in which they live. The standards support the use of reasoned and reflective thinking to engage and collaborate with others in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world.

Estudios sociales

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The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Kim Davis and Sara Shackett for their invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for grades six-12 in Social Studies.  Their expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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World Languages

In the 21st century the ability to communicate in more than one language is an essential skill for all Colorado learners. Learning multiple world languages, developing multiple perspectives and understanding other cultures are vital skills needed to both collaborate and compete in our global community. Learners acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living and working in a world of diverse peoples, languages and cultures. 

The Standards and Instructional Support team would like to thank Toni Theisen for her invaluable contributions to the family/community guides for the World Languages Standards.  Her expertise and content knowledge was instrumental in creating the guides and helping CDE better support all Coloradans engaged in the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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