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Secondary, Postsecondary and Work-Based Learning Integration Task Force
Task Force Interim Report: Colorado’s “Big Blur”
The Task Force Interim Report was released in December 2022. Final recommendations to be published December 2023.
Per H.B. 22-1215, the primary responsibilities of the task force are:
- Coordinating with the Education Leadership Council and the State Work Force Development Council in completing its duties.
- Designing and recommending comprehensive, uniform policies that encourage and empower high schools and postsecondary institutions to create and sustain secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs in every region of the state. The task force shall design the policy recommendations to increase the number, coordination, and collaboration of these programs and must include, at a minimum, policies that enable a high school that chooses to provide an early college program to structure the program as a four-year program, encompassing grades nine through twelve; a five-year program, encompassing grades nine through thirteen; or a six-year program, encompassing grades nine through fourteen. In designing comprehensive, uniform policies to enable four-, five-, and six-year early college programs, the task force shall address the ways in which existing statutes and rules must be modified, combined, or repealed to accomplish the goal of enabling school districts and charter schools, working with postsecondary institutions, to provide early college programs.
- Designing and recommending policies to coordinate and expand innovative postsecondary and workforce credential options and career pathways available through secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs, with a focus on career pathways leading to credentials associated with high-need, in-demand, high-value businesses and industries.
- Making recommendations concerning the creation of a statewide corps of counselors to assist students in identifying, understanding, and navigating options for secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs.
- Making recommendations concerning methods for publicizing the requirements, benefits, and availability of secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs to students and families throughout the state.
- Taking into account all existing and potential funding sources, designing policy recommendations that create a uniform and comprehensive funding mechanism for secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs. The policy recommendations must address implications for existing programs, including the ASCENT program, the TREP program, and P-TECH high schools.
- Recommending characteristics of and standards for secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs for purposes of authorizing and measuring the performance of these programs and make recommendations concerning how best to use data to build evidence of the long-term impact of these programs. The characteristics and standards must allow high schools of all sizes and from every region of the state to demonstrate program quality, regardless of the size of the school.
- Identifying challenges students face in accessing and completing credentials through secondary, postsecondary, and work-based learning integration programs and recommending ways to address and reduce these challenges.
Task Force Meetings
The task force shall meet at least four times from July 2022 through December 2022 and at least four times from May 2023 through December 2023. The task force is a state public body, so it is subject to the Colorado Open Meetings Law (24-6-402, C.R.S.).
Task force meeting dates and times:
- Monday, August 22, 2022,12:00pm - 2:00pm: Task Force Kick-Off Meeting
- Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm: Task Force Meeting #1
- Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Programs Data Presentation
- Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm: Task Force Meeting #2
- Thursday, November 17, 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm: Task Force Meeting #3
- Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm: Task Force Meeting #4
- Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 12:30m - 2:00pm: Planning for Learner, Family and Community Feedback (Optional for Task Force Members)
Task Force Reports
The task force is required to prepare both an interim report and a final report of its findings and recommendations and submit these to the governor, the Education Leadership Council, the State Board of Education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Education Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, or any successor committees. The task force’s interim reports must be submitted by December 1, 2022, and the final report must be submitted by December 1, 2023.
Task Force Members
Task force membership is outlined in 22-35.3-23, C.R.S.
Chair, State Board of Education - Colorado Department of Education
Executive Director, Student Pathways Unit
Senior Director of Student Success & P-20 Alignment, CDHE
Chief Student Success & Academic Affairs Officer, CDHE
Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs - State Career and Technical Education Director, CCCS
CTE Program Director for Special Populations, Counseling & Middle School, CCCS
Managing Director, CWDC
Communications Manager, Colorado Succeeds
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs & Director of High School Programs, Aims Community College
Principal, Canon City High School
CTE Instructor, Thompson School District
Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Colorado Community College System
Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Western Colorado University
Career Advisor, Pickens Technical College
Interim Executive Director, The Arc of Colorado
Managing Director of Public Sector, Slalom
Chief Executive Officer, Attainment Network
Assistant Director of Implementation & Partnership, Colorado Education Initiative
Executive Director, CareerWise