Brief | January 30, 2018

Colorado’s P-12 Academic Standards Will Bolster Its Future Success

How Colorado’s education standards and aligned assessments will help make young Coloradans work-force ready, military-eligible and crime-free

What happens in our classrooms today will determine Colorado’s future success. But some signs are troubling. For example, only 37 percent of Colorado 8th graders are proficient in math and just 38 percent are proficient in reading. If our young people are not well-educated, they will not be ready for college or careers, including careers in the military, and will be more likely to turn to crime.

Colorado is not producing enough employees with the right skills or education to match the needs of industry. Industry will struggle to remain competitive, as will Colorado as a state, if that trend doesn’t change.


Colorado’s strong academic standards and aligned assessments can help ensure that students are receiving a high-quality education, so all students are prepared for success in postsecondary education, the civilian workforce, or the military, if they choose to serve.

This report outlines why the Colorado P-12 Academic Standards, along with aligned assessments, are the clearest way to demonstrate Colorado’s commitment to a world-class education and show measurable results.


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