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Menu of College and Career-Ready Demonstrations

Local school boards establish high school graduation requirements that meet or exceed the Colorado Graduation Guidelines for the graduating class of 2021.

Local school boards and districts select from this menu to create a list of options their students must use to show what they know or can do in order to graduate from high school, beginning with the graduating class of 2021. School districts may offer some or all of the state menu options, may raise a cut score on an included assessment and may add graduation requirements in other content areas. Graduation Guidelines begin with the implementation of: Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP), Colorado Academic Standards for all content areas, including a course in Civics, and 21st century skills.

Students must demonstrate college or career readiness in English and math based on at least one measure.

Accommodation exceptions:

Districts have the authority to adapt the college and career demonstrations necessary to earn a standard high school diploma to accommodate for students with the following exceptions: English learners, gifted students and students with disabilities.


Menu of Options

This menu lists the minimum scores required.

ACCUPLACER

English:
62 on Reading Comprehension

Math:
61 on Elementary Algebra

ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that assesses reading, writing, math and computer skills. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with a student’s academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place students in a college courses that match their skill levels.

ACT

English:
18 on ACT English

Math:
19 on ACT Math

ACT is a national college admissions exam. It measures four subjects - English, reading, math and science. The highest possible score for each subject is 36.

ACT Compass

English:
79

Math:
63

The ACT COMPASS is a computerized test that helps colleges evaluate students’ skills and place them in appropriate courses. It offers tests in reading, writing, math, and English as a second language.

ACT WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certificate

English:
Bronze or higher

Math:
Bronze or higher

ACT WorkKeys is an assessment that tests students’ job skills in applied reading, writing, mathematics and 21st century skills. Scores are based on job profiles that help employers select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. Students who score at the bronze level (at least 3) in applied mathematics, mapping and reading earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate.

Advanced Placement (AP)

English:
2

Math:
2

AP exams test students’ ability to perform at a college level. Districts choose which AP exams will fulfill this menu option. Scores range from 1 to 5 (highest).

ASVAB

English:
31

Math:
31

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a comprehensive test that helps determine students’ eligibility and suitability for careers in the military. Students who score at least 31 are eligible for service (along with other standards that include physical condition and personal conduct). Students who take the ASVAB are not required to enlist in the military.

Concurrent Enrollment

English:
Passing grade per district and higher education policy

Math:
Passing grade per district and higher education policy

Concurrent enrollment provides students the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses, simultaneously earning high school and college credit. School districts and institutions of higher education each determine passing grades for credit. A passing grade is determined by district and higher education policy for concurrent enrollment. An eligible concurrent enrollment course is 1) the pre-requisite directly prior to a credit-bearing course or 2) a credit-bearing course.

District Capstone

English:
Individualized

Math:
Individualized

A capstone is the culminating exhibition of a student’s project or experience that demonstrates academic and intellectual learning. Capstone projects are district determined and often include a portfolio of a student’s best work.

Industry Certificate

English:
Individualized

Math:
Individualized

An industry certificate is a credential recognized by business and industry. Industry certificates are district determined, measure a student’s competency in an occupation, and they validate a knowledge base and skills that show mastery in a particular industry.

International Baccalaureate ® (IB)

English:
4

Math:
4

IB exams assess students enrolled in the official IB Diploma Programme. Courses are offered only at authorized IB World Schools. Scores range from 1 to 7 (highest).

SAT

English:
430

Math:
460

The SAT is a college entrance exam that is accepted or required at nearly all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The current SAT includes sections on reading, writing and math. The highest possible score for each section is 800.

Collaboratively-developed, standards-based performance assessment

English:
State-wide scoring criteria

Math:
State-wide scoring criteria

(In development)


Contact

Robin Russel 
Phone: 303-866-2908
E-mail:Russel_R@cde.state.co.us 

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