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July 2018

Standards and Instructional Support Newsletter

Moving forward, the Office of Standards Support and Instruction will send updates on the process of implementation for the Colorado Academic Standards.

Visit the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards webpage for more information and helpful resources.
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 Implementation of the standards

Districts will have two years to review and revise their local standards as needed with implementation scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. 

The department anticipates that final versions of approved standards, as well as an online standards system, will be available in August. At the same time, CDE will release information regarding support for implementation of the standards. Support is being designed to take advantage of the transition time allotted for implementation to help ensure the smoothest transition possible. CDE staff will lead a session at the CASE Convention on Thursday, July 26, at 1:45 p.m. where attendees can learn more.

CDE will also use that time to begin the process for seeking input regarding implementation options for the science standards. This will be in addition to feedback sessions conducted throughout the state to help determine the best approach for the updated requirements with this revision due to the incorporation of the Next Generation Science Standards into the science standards.

 Alignment to Colorado Measures of Academic Success

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments will be reviewed for their alignment to the revised standards and any needed adjustments will be made accordingly with inclusion in the scored assessments expected no earlier than 2020-21.

Approaches to revisions may differ across the content areas and/or grades depending on the level of modification required.

Any needed revisions to CoAlt are anticipated to be reflected on the same schedule as CMAS.
For questions, contact Karol Gates, Director, Office of Standards and Instructional Support, at or 303-866-6576.
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