Introduction

Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision
Colorado House Bill 20-1032 (section 22-7-1005(6) C.R.S.) amended the provision that required the regular review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards.  The statute previously required the revisions to occur within six years of the prior cycle which occurred in 2018.  The changes now require the state board to review and revise approximately one-third of the standards beginning in 2022 and an additional one-third every two years thereafter.  

It is understood that the 2020-2021 school year is the first year of implementation of the standards that were revised in 2018.  One-third of the standards that were adopted in 2018 will begin the review and revision cycle beginning in the Spring of 2021.  These review and revision cycles are not intended to re-write the standards, but to update them to be current with national and international benchmarks.

Standards Review and Revision Committees
CDE will conduct an open and transparent standards development process by engaging educators, business leaders, representation from higher education, and parents in standards development committees.  CDE will solicit committee participation through an online application process for each of the content areas.  Applicants will be required to demonstrate their content area expertise and willingness to serve.  Applications will be reviewed using a blind-review process, considering only the applicants’ qualifications.  Each of the ten standards development committees will choose co-chairs to guide the meetings.  CDE content specialists will staff the committees, meet with co-chairs to plan meetings, and ensure consistency across committee work plans.  All meetings will be open to the public.  All notes for the committee meetings will be shared with the State Board of Education and posted on the CDE website.
CDE is currently seeking applicants for Phase I committee membership in the following content areas:
  • Dance
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Music
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts 
Committee members will be tasked with collaboratively determining recommendations for standards revision. Applicants MUST be able to serve on the committee for the duration of the process (over the course of a year). Committee work will commence in May 2021 and conclude in June 2022.  In addition, committee members will be responsible for the following:
  • Attending any and all training prior to engaging in the revision process
  • Participating in all meetings (5-6)
  • Meeting all deadlines
  • Completing between-meeting-homework
Chair/co-chair applicants interested in serving as the committee chair/co-chair should click the appropriate box and will be asked additional questions. The committee chair/co-chair is critical to the standards revision process. The chair/co-chair will be working closely with the content specialist from the Office of Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) to plan and facilitate all committee meetings. Applicants must be able to serve on the committee for the duration of the process (over the course of a year). In addition, the chair/co-chair will be responsible for the following:
  • Attending any and all training prior to engaging in the revision process
  • Attending, facilitating, and mediating all committee meetings (5-6)
  • Working with CDE staff to ensure that deliverables are met and delivered on time
  • Working with CDE staff to manage the committee decision-making process
The application deadline has been extended to 11:59pm on January 31, 2021. Only complete applications will be considered.  We anticipate notifying applicants will be notified in March 2021.

For more information, please visit the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision webpage.

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