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Frequently Asked Questions about the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision
Q: Why do we have to revised standards right away? Didn't we just revise them?
A: Legislation was passed during the 2020 legislative session that altered the revision timeline. Yes, the standards were revised in 2018.
Q: Do all the standards have to be revised next year?
A: No. Only one-third of the standards will be revised in phase one and revisions adopted by June 2022.
Q: Do we still have to implement the 2020 standards if they are being revised next year?
A: Yes. The standards implementation timeline is still in effect for all standards.
Q: Who can apply to be a part of the revision committees?
A: Applicants can be from any stakeholder in Colorado, including but not limited to educators at all grade levels, parents, administrators, professors, business owners, etc.
Q: Do the standards committees get to decide what gets changed in the standards?
A: The revision committees will make recommendations for revision to the State Board of Education and they will have final decision on the adopted standards.
Q: What is the difference between standards and curriculum?
A: Standards are broad goals articulating what students should know, understand, and be able to do over a given time period and are adopted by the State Board of Education. Curriculum is an organized plan of instruction which include resources, materials, and textbooks to develop a sequence of instructional units. Curriculum is adopted at the local level.