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Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Resources in Response to COVID-19
The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has contributed to resources that support educators during these unprecedented times. The following are the most requested areas to find answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, a frequent question our office receives is in regard to priority standards. Our office implements legislation and current legislation does not prioritize specific grade-level expectations in any content area. Therefore, we operate to assist districts in implementing standards that are adopted by the State Board of Education in all content areas. Curricular decisions are made at the local level.
The Office of Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) consists of full time and part-time staff of content specialists with expertise in all areas within the Colorado Academic Standards. This team is committed to supporting education professionals across the state in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for student success. The team provides guidance and expertise through technical assistance, both internally and externally, related to standards implementation and instructional support.
News and Announcements
Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision
The Office of Standards and Instructional Support is currently reviewing applications for review and revision committee membership in Social Studies, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts. During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly passed Colorado House Bill 20-1032 (section 22-7-1005(6) C.R.S.) amending the provision that required the regular review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards. The statute previously required all content area 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. More information about the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision process can be found on our website.
Standards Revision Committee Application Window Has Closed
Standards revision committee membership application was open from November 11, 2020-January 31, 2021 and is now closed for group 1.
The Office of Standards and Instructional Support is accepting feedback on the social studies, visual arts, music, dance, and drama and theatre arts standards. The feedback received will assist committee members in their work of making recommendations for revision to the standards. Please provide feedback by completing the pre-revision survey.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Education Committee Seeks Feedback on Recommendations
The Holocaust and genocide studies in education committee is seeking public feedback on recommendations to revisions to the social studies standards. To provide feedback, go to the survey. The survey will close on March 8, 2021 at 11:59pm MST. For more information on the committee, please see the committee web page.
Setting the Standard Webinar Series
The Office Standards and Instructional Support is hosting an ongoing webinar series called Setting the Standard. Join the team to stay up-to-date on high impact instructional strategies, CDE resources for teaching and Colorado Academic Standards implementation updates.
Webinars will be hosted on the first and third Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join us
High Impact Instruction in Diverse Settings
Instructional guidance for educators in all content areas was created to support the teaching and learning of academic standards in diverse settings. Read more.