Category: Videos

Colorado business leaders, including Jesus Salazar of Credera and Kelly Brough of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, support the Colorado Academic Standards because they raise the bar for our students. These higher standards will better prepare Colorado’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce, and ultimately strengthen our pipeline of homegrown, skilled workers.

But don’t take our word for it. Hear what the local business community has to say.

Check out this new video from our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the importance of high academic standards.

In a recent video from Real Learning for Real Life, Colorado educators discuss the role they played in developing our state’s new high quality assessment. Check it out!


In a new video from Real Learning for Real Life, Aurora teacher, Cassie Harrelson, explains Colorado’s new math standards and the benefits for teachers and students.

For the first time this school year, thousands of Colorado students took the PARCC test, also known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success. Looking to learn more? Check out this new video from Future Forward to learn everything you need to know about our new high quality assessment. And make sure to visit our Quick Facts page for even more information on Colorado’s higher standards and more rigorous assessments.

“It’s really important to have high standards for all students across the board, to truly prepare them for the workplace and for higher levels of education.” — Matthew Johnson, Denver 4th grade teacher

In this video from America Achieves, Colorado educators discuss the importance of high standards.

Curious to see the Common Core in action? This video shows how one second-grade class is using the standards to develop a deeper understanding of the Pledge of Allegiance.

This video explains how the PARCC test works, which is known as CMAS in Colorado.

Our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have a new video out about the importance of high standards. View it here:

Major General James “Spider” Marks gives powerful testimony as to why military families deserve consistent, high-quality education standards.

What do teachers think of the Common Core? Here’s a look into one teacher’s story:

by Nelson Garcia

ENGLEWOOD – Even though Cerri Norris teaches kids in first grade, she is working on skills that she hopes her students will use as adults and business professionals.

“This is where we want our kids to be when they’re 18-years-old, so now we need to plan backwards,” Norris said. “If these are the skills they need when they’re 18, what does that mean that they should be able to do when they’re six years old?” (more…)

The Foundation for Excellence in Education, along with the Higher State Standards Partnership, have created new resources about the Common Core, including this video.



The Colorado Academic Standards, which incorporate the Common Core, call for a greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the Standards require us to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. We focus deeply on the major work of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.

Colorado High School Math teacher Tiffany Utoft and other educators share what the new standards mean for math.


Watch best-selling author Amanda Ripley moderate a discussion with some of America’s top CEOs on the need for higher academic standards, featuring Jorge L. Benitez, Chief Executive (United States) and Senior Managing Director (North America), Accenture; Frederick Humphries, Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation; Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil; Joe Tucci, CEO, EMC.

American students must be able to compete with their peers across the country – not to mention the rest of the world. However, when compared internationally, students from the United States aren’t performing as well as students in other countries, most of which spend far less per pupil. (more…)