Category: Standards 101

Standards 101 – Thank you for following the Colorado Academic Standards in Action

Having consistent and comparable information about student achievement is how we ensure that all children— no matter their background—are receiving the education they need to succeed. “We need the talents of all learners in our communities. We risk losing out …

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Standards 101 – What do annual assessments provide?

Achieving equity in our education system requires us to look at the performance of students across race, income, zip code and background. Any system that seeks to increase achievement of historically underserved students and target interventions toward them needs to …

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Standards 101 – What is PARCC?

High quality assessments, aligned to our Colorado Academic Standards, tell us what students have learned, help identify where students need further support, and provide information about the performance of schools and districts. What is PARCC? The Partnership for Assessment of …

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Standards 101 – Supporting Early Learners

Far too many of Colorado’s young students are not proficient in reading by the end of their third-grade year. This is a critical milestone for every student and predicts ongoing educational success—it is often seen as the year that students …

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What Types of Assessments Are Used in Schools?

When we talk about a balanced assessment system, we call it a system because there are several components that have unique purposes. From formative assessments in the classroom to the end-of-year summative assessment, we use these tools to identify areas …

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Standards 101 – Why Do We Use Assessments?

Meaningful and relevant assessments are at the heart of making Colorado’s school improvement efforts work. They ensure student learning is on track and that students will graduate prepared for college and career. The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports assessments that give …

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Standards 101: How do the Colorado Academic Standards relate to teaching?

The Colorado Academic Standards define the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the end of each grade. These are set by the State Board of Education and are consistent across all Colorado schools and establish what students …

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Standards 101: Hear why the business community supports the Colorado Academic Standards

Did you know that by 2020, nearly 75 percent of all Colorado jobs will require some level of post-secondary education or training? “At the current rate, Colorado’s education system will not even come close to fulfilling those needs. Colorado Academic …

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Standards 101: Why do we need the Colorado Academic Standards?

Did you know that 37 percent of students from Colorado’s Class of 2012 who went on to a public university in Colorado required remediation in at least one subject? Remedial courses, sometimes called developmental education, are courses designed to bring …

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What are the Colorado Academic Standards?

The world and the economy are much different today than 30 years ago—faster paced, more globally connected and technologically advanced. In order for our students to graduate from high school with the 21st century skills needed to succeed, we must …

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