High academic expectations create a “no-limits” mindset. These inspire our children to meet and exceed tough benchmarks and prepare them for limitless future success in college and career.
The Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language, are not just rigorous; for the first time, they create consistency from district to district and from state to state.
Without consistent standards, there is often a lot of confusion and missed opportunity for our kids. Parents can’t know for sure how their kids are doing in school compared to other children, and higher education institutions and employers can’t truly know whether students are prepared for college and career.
The Colorado Academic Standards fix these problems, making sure that Colorado’s kids are fully prepared for Colorado’s jobs.
Standards for student learning are not new in Colorado. Passed in 1993, House Bill 93-1313 initiated standards based education for all of Colorado. The statute required the state to create academic standards in reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, civics, geography, economics, art, music and physical education. The statute also originated the Colorado student assessment program in 1996.
Why standards? State standards for student learning define what students should know and be able to do at the end of a grade level or grade span. Standards advance equity of outcomes for students by setting a bar for student performance, defining the floor but not the ceiling of student learning.