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About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.

We have clear goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness and school/district performance – all aimed at preparing students for success after high school.

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Back to School Toolkit for Communicating with Parents
These new tools are available to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the Colorado Academic Standards and aligned assessments. These materials can be shared with parents during back-to-school nights and other parent information events as the 2015-16 school year kicks off.
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View Science and Social Studies Test Results
Results from the 2015 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) elementary and middle school science and social studies tests are now available.
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2015 Legislative Assessment and Accountability Changes
View a summary and next steps for implementing HB 15-1323, concerning assessments in public schools and SB 15-56, concerning reducing the frequency of social studies testing.
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Supporting Learning

CDE uses data to analyze student performance and inform educational improvements at the policy, state board and classroom level.

CDE supports districts with implementation of policy and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.

CDE continuously improves Colorado’s education system to provide students with the future skills and essential knowledge needed for success in a globally competitive world.

CDE informs and advances education policies aimed at supporting educators and providing an exceptional education for all students.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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