Common Core in Colorado:
Colorado Academic Standards

Article 19 of the Colorado Constitution gives control of school curriculum to local school districts. Article 19, section 15, specifies that school districts are to be overseen by three or more local directors. Article 19, section 16, specifies that “neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have the power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools.” Control over curriculum rests solely with local school districts. Unfortunately, local school districts in Colorado have been developing curriculum aligned to the Common Core since 2012. The Colorado Department of Education is now working with school districts to develop specific instructional units. Additionally, Colorado secondary and postsecondary schools are working to streamline course content between students’ senior year of high school and freshman year of college.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

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Updated: 6/2/2014