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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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Parent Refusals Won’t Result in Lowered Accreditation or School Rating
The state board of education adopted a motion to not hold districts liable for the decisions of parents who do not allow their children to take state tests in English language arts and math.  The motion is effective immediately.  Read Commissioner Hammond’s letter.
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Submit a Question for the State Board of Education Study Session on Assessment Data Collection
On Thursday, March 12, the state board of education will conduct a study session concerning assessments and related data collection.  CDE staff along with representatives from Pearson will provide a brief presentation and respond to questions from the board and pre-submitted questions from the public. Questions can be submitted through Monday, March 2.
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Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Hammond encourage educators to TELL Colorado
The statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions is open from Wednesday, Feb. 11 through Monday, March 9. 
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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.
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CDE supports districts with implementation of policy and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.
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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.
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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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