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Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision

Colorado Academic Standards: All Students, All Standards

State Board completes review and approval process

The State Board of Education approved revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards in the ten content areas of comprehensive health and physical education; dance; drama and theatre arts; mathematics; music; reading, writing, and communicating; science; social studies; visual arts; and world languages by July 1, 2018, in alignment with state law. In addition, the State Board of Education adopted new voluntary secondary computer science standards. 

Final versions of the 2018 Colorado Academic Standards will be available in August, following copy editing and website updates. These final versions will include amendments introduced by the State Board during the approval process for three content areas: comprehensive health and physical education; reading, writing, and communicating; and social studies. The links to proposed revisions by content area listed below are not the final versions. To read more about the 2018 review and revision process, along with previous drafts, committee meeting summaries, and public feedback, see a complete listing of resources for all the content areas.

Districts will have two years to review and revise their local standards as needed with implementation scheduled for the 2020-21 school year, which is the first year the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments will reflect the content of the 2018 standards.

State Board review of standards recommendations

The State Board of Education heard final recommendations from the standards review and revision committees through its June meeting. The schedule for presentations and approval of revisions is listed below and was updated at the conclusion of each board meeting.

Each committee's final recommendations are linked below by content area.


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Visual and Performing Arts


English Language Proficiency




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