SB18-012 (Hill/Pettersen) Military Enlistment School Performance Indicator

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: May 4, 2018


This bill adds enlistment in the military within a year of graduation as a measure of performance in the state’s high school accountability system. The Colorado Department of Education shall weight military enlistment equally with enrollment in postsecondary institutions.


The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill. As a member of CDE’s Accountability Work Group, we participated in drafting recommendations on additional, rigorous indicators that demonstrate successful student transition to postsecondary education, training or the workforce following high school graduation. Military enlistment was one of many indicators that we felt should be considered, along with improvement in chronic absenteeism rates, employment in state-defined in-demand fields, and enrollment in a postsecondary institution without the need for remediation, among others. There are many Colorado high schools where a high percentage of graduates pursue a military career, and we believe that should count as a metric of success.

Current Status

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 50-13 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Previous Statuses

March 30, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee

April 13, 2018

Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan vote of 5-2 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate

April 20, 2018

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 32-3 and now heads to the House Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Monday, Apr. 30 at 1:30pm in Room 0112