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Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR)

Pause on 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19

A second year of Accountability Pause (2021-2022) has been authorized by the Colorado legislature. The state's accountability system has been paused for 2020-21 and 2021-22. More details on the implications of a pause in accountability are available in the links below.


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The Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness accountability indicator reflects how well schools are preparing students for college and the workforce.  

What metrics are included in the PWR indicator on the performance frameworks?

The PWR metrics include graduation rates, dropout rates, and matriculation rates. This indicator also includes average scores (i.e., mean scale scores) on the SAT  college entrance exam for Math and Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW).

On this indicator, schools and districts earn one of four ratings (Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Approaching Expectations, or Does Not Meet Expectations) based on the percent of points earned on the above metrics.

How does the PWR performance indicator impact overall ratings on the performance frameworks?

For state accountability purposes, PWR is one of three performance indicators used for determining accreditation and school plan type ratings.  For elementary schools and middle schools, there are no PWR results. For high schools and districts, 30% of their final ratings are based on PWR performance.


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  • For more information related to the PWR measures, see the Data Services page.

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