Every student graduates high school ready for college and careers

Why is this important to Colorado?

  • Ensuring that every student who attends public elementary and secondary schools in Colorado is on track to graduate ready for college and careers is based on the fundamental belief that the state education system as a whole must support every student at every step of the way throughout his/her schooling so they have wide options for what comes next in their lives.  

  • Graduating ready means that students will have the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to contribute to society and successfully participate in postsecondary education and the workforce.

  • Colorado’s Academic Standards provide benchmarks for students to be on track for college and career readiness. When students meet those benchmarks throughout their K-12 career, they graduate ready. If they do not, the K-12 system needs to provide supports to help them meet those benchmarks.

  • Finally, this goal uses the term “every student” to reflect the importance of equity and maximizing the individual potential of each student in the state’s education system.

How do we measure success?

on_track_2.png1. Increase the percentage of third graders scoring at benchmark on the English language arts state assessment.

Status Sub-Outcome Measure Outcome Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (June 2017 Target Target Date
on_track_2.png For all third grade students 32.8% 37.4% 40.3% 40.9% 2018
on_track_2.png For minority students 25.7% 26.2% 28.5% 30.2% 2018
on_track_2.png For Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible students 21.3% 18.4% 20.0% 22.4% 2018
on_track_2.png For English Language Learners 18.6% 18.4% 20.0% 22.4% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Special Education students 8.4% 7.8% 8.1% 11.8% 2018

 

work_in_progress.png 2. Increase the percentage of students scoring at benchmark in English language arts, mathematics and science on the state summative assessments.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Status Sub-Outcome Measure Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (June 2017) Target Target Date
on_track_2.png For all students 40.0% 40.1% 42.4% 43.7% 2018
on_track_2.png For minority students 27.7% 28.7% 31.0% 32.7% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible students 22.9% 23.6% 25.0% 27.6% 2018
on_track_2.png For English Language Learners 20.9% 22.8% 25.8% 26.8% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Special Education students 6.8% 6.3% 6.9% 10.3% 2018

 

MATHEMATICS

Status Sub-Outcome Measure Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (June 2017) Target Target Date
work_in_progress.png For all students 31.0% 32.7% 32.8% 36.2% 2018
work_in_progress.png For minority students 20.1% 21.6% 21.7% 25.6% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible students

15.6%

16.7% 17.6% 20.7% 2018
needs_improvement.png For English Language Learners 16.4% 17.5% 16.8% 21.5% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Special Education students 6.2% 6.2% 6.5% 10.2% 2018

 

SCIENCE 

Status Sub-Outcome Measure Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (June 2017) Target Target Date
work_in_progress.png For all students 32.1% 30.3% 30.8% 33.8% 2018
work_in_progress.png For minority students 18.4% 17.8% 18.0% 21.8% 2018
needs_improvement.png For Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible students

14.6%

13.9% 12.7% 17.9% 2018
work_in_progress.png For English Language Learners 12.3% 12.5% 14.3% 16.5% 2018
needs_improvement.png For Special Education students 6.3% 5.5% 5.1% 9.5% 2018

 

work_in_progress.png 3. Increase student graduation rates for all secondary students.

Status Sub-Outcome Measure Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (June 2017) Target Target Date
work_in_progress.png For all students 82.5% 84.3% TBD 87.2% 2018
work_in_progress.png For African American students 76.6% TBD TBD 84.8% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Hispanic students

73.6%

TBD TBD 83.2% 2018
work_in_progress.png For Free and Reduced Lunch Eligible students 72.0% 74.3% TBD 78.4% 2018
work_in_progress.png For English Language Learners 69.2% 72.3% TBD 77.5 2018
work_in_progress.png For Special Education students 67.8% 73.3% TBD 74.7% 2018

 

What actions are we taking?

To increase achievement of third graders reading at benchmark:

  • The Colorado Department of Education provides resources and professional development to help teachers improve their instruction for K-3 students. This includes providing professional development to teachers through READing Foundations Academy and providing funding through the Early Literacy Grant Program – both of which are part of a broader implementation of the READ Act. The Department is also working to implement the Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project and provide technical assistance to help educators support early literacy attainment and ongoing literacy development.
 

To increase students scoring at or above benchmark on state summative assessments:

  • The Colorado Department of Education strives to demonstrate the importance of high expectations for all students through its outreach, technical assistance and other support offered to schools and districts.  CDE works with Colorado educators to create standards-based instructional resources, and it provides technical assistance to advance teachers’ knowledge and skills in standards-based instruction. Through the Educator Effectiveness Networks, the Department helps to increase the overall quality of instruction in Colorado. Finally, the Department provides targeted assistance to schools through the Unified Improvement Planning Process as well as the Turnaround Network specifically for low performing schools and the Turnaround Leadership Academy for low-performing districts.
 

To increase graduation rates:

  • The Colorado Department of Education is working to increase graduation rates for all students in a number of ways, including providing support to districts and schools to ensure that Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs) are being used effectively. CDE also supports districts in the use of effective Early Warning Systems and effective interventions in secondary schools to decrease drop-out rates and increase graduation. The Department is also working to help districts align their graduation requirements to the current needs of postsecondary institutions and employers. Concurrent Enrollment is an example of programming efforts that help students prepare for the next steps in their lives.