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Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards (K-12)

In partnership with the Colorado PTA, family and community guides to the Colorado Academic Standards (in English and Spanish) have been created to help families and communities across Colorado better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards. The guides describe the “big picture” purpose of the standards, as road maps to help ensure that all Colorado students graduate ready for life, college, and careers. They also provide overviews of the learning expectations for each of the ten content areas of the standards and offer examples of educational experiences that students may engage in, and that families could support, during the school year.

The guides are organized in multiple ways to support various needs. Click the links below to access specific grade level and content area guides.

Grade Span:

Content Clusters
Kindergarten - High School:


Looking for information about standards for preschoolers?

Families may find information and resources to support preschool learning and development here. You are encouraged to explore the Early Learning and Development Guidelines or ELDGs, a document that describes learning and development stages for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The ELDGs include the preschool level of the Colorado Academic Standards. The website offers tip sheets and videos to help families know what young children should know and be able to do in the years prior to kindergarten entry and provides ideas for how best to support healthy learning and development.

The CDE Office of Early Learning and School Readiness worked collaboratively with the CDHS Office of Early Childhood to develop the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines. Development of the family resources is supported by Colorado's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund Grant. For more information, please contact Nancie Linville at 303-866-6239 or