HB 17-1201 (Coleman/Zenzinger & Priola) Science Technology Engineering Math Diploma Endorsement

Originally Posted: March 10, 2017
Last Updated: April 21, 2017

Summary

The bill authorizes a school district, board of cooperative services, or institute charter high school (local education provider) to grant a high school diploma endorsement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to students who demonstrate mastery in STEM. To obtain the endorsement, a student must complete the high school graduation requirements at a high level of proficiency, complete 12 credit hours in STEM courses, achieve a minimum score specified in the bill on one of several specified mathematics assessments, and successfully complete a final capstone project. To successfully complete the capstone project, the student must achieve a high proficiency level of mastery, as set by the local education provider, for each of the competencies specified in the bill. The local education provider is required to work with STEM-related business and industrial leaders and institutions of higher education in setting the high proficiency levels of mastery. The local education provider must annually notify students and their parents beginning in sixth grade of the requirements for obtaining a STEM diploma endorsement.

Position

The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 24 percent before 2024, and Colorado is one of the top states for the most entry-level STEM jobs. The diploma endorsement is an additional way for students to demonstrate course completion and mastery of skills and knowledge that are valuable for the workforce. Colorado students deserve the opportunity to be recognized by prospective postsecondary schools and employers for their STEM expertise.

Current Status

The bill passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 28-5 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.

Previous Statuses


April 14, 2017

Passed the Senate on 2nd reading and is now scheduled for a vote on 3rd reading in the Senate.

April 7, 2017

Passed the Senate Education Committee on vote of 6-1 and now heads to the Senate floor.

March 24, 2017

The bill passed the House on a bipartisan 59-5 vote and now heads to the Senate.

March 17, 2017

Passed unanimously in the House Education Committee and now heads to the House floor for debate.

March 10, 2017

Introduced in the House and assigned to the House Education Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 0112.