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Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision Process

About the Standards Review and Revision Process

The State Board of Education is required to review and revise approximately one-third of the standards beginning in 2022 and an additional one-third every two years thereafter (22-7-1005(6) C.R.S.). The 2020-21 school year is the first year of implementation of the standards that were revised in 2018. One-third of the standards that were adopted in 2018 will begin the review and revision cycle beginning in the Fall of 2020.

The review and revision of all academic standards will be divided into three groups and each of the three groups will go through the following cycles: 1) Review and Revision; 2) Transition; 3) Implementation. Each of these three cycles has steps that are outlined on the group's webpage. 

Learn more about the standards review and revision process guiding principles, roles and responsibilities, and committee member selection.

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Social studies standards

History, Culture, Social Contributions and Civil Government in Education: This webpage provides background information on the commission created by House Bill 19-1192 to add minority groups into history and civics lessons in public schools. It includes examples of the draft recommended revisions that the State Board of Education will consider for inclusion in the social studies standards. A printable version is also available. 

At its Nov. 10, meeting, the state board approved the social studies standards. Each school district and charter school will have until the beginning of the 2024-25 school year to transition to the revisions to the social studies standards. However, local education providers must incorporate Holocaust and genocide studies into an existing course required for high school graduation by July 1, 2023.  

Current content areas

A timeline of the review and revision process and where the process is currently for the arts and social studies standards content areas is available on the group's webpage. 

Group 1