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Family and Community Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards

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Working Together: To support families, communities, and teachers in realizing the goals of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), these guides provide overviews of the learning expectations for preschool through high school. These guides offer some learning experiences students may engage in at school that may also be supported at home. The first version of these guides was developed in partnership with the Colorado PTA following the approval of the 2009/2010 Colorado Academic Standards, and continue to be revised as the standards are revised.

Why Standards? Created by Coloradans for Colorado students, the Colorado Academic Standards provide a grade-by-grade road map to help ensure students are successful in college, careers, and life. The standards aim to improve what students learn and how they learn in 12 content areas while emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and communication as essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Looking for Previous Guides? Previous versions of the Family and Community Guides have been archived but you can contact us for those files.

Where can I learn more?

  • As always, the best place to learn about what your child is learning is from your child's teacher and school. The Colorado Academic Standards describe goals, but how those goals are met is a local decision.
  • The Colorado Academic Standards were written for an audience of professional educators, but parents and community members looking to dig deeper may want to read them for themselves. Visit the Standards and Instructional Support homepage for several options for reviewing the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • If you have further questions, please contact the content specialists in the Office of Standards and Instructional Support.