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High school graduation requirements are set by local school boards. They must align with the Colorado Graduation Guidelines, which are designed to help all students and families in Colorado plan for success after high school.

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. 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 Plan (ICAP); 21st Century Essential Skills; and Colorado Academic Standards for all content areas, including one course in Civics, and, by July 2023, one course that incorporates Genocide and Holocaust studies.

Students must demonstrate readiness for college and career based on at least one measure in Reading, Writing and Communicating, and one measure in Mathematics.

Accommodation exceptions: Districts have the authority to provide accommodations to students in meeting the college and career demonstrations necessary to earn a standard high school diploma for: English learners, gifted students and students with disabilities.

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This menu lists the minimum scores required. (Last Updated January 2020). 

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CLASSIC ACCUPLACER

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
62 on Reading Comprehension or 70 on Sentence Skills

Mathematics:
61 on Elementary Algebra

NEXT GENERATION ACCUPLACER

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
241 on Reading or

236 on Writing 

Mathematics:
255 on Arithmetic (AR) or

230 on Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)

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

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
18 on ACT English

Mathematics:
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 WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certificate

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
Bronze or higher

Mathematics:
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 must score at the bronze level (a score of at least 3) in all three assessments - Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents -  and they will earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
2

Mathematics:
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

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
31 on the AFQT

Mathematics:
31 on the AFQT

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 on the AFQT 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

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
Passing grade per district and higher education policy

Mathematics:
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 and concurrent enrollment. An eligible concurrent enrollment course is 1) the prerequisite directly prior to a credit-bearing course or 2) a credit-bearing course, and 3)governed by a district-level cooperative agreement of MOU.  Districts choose which courses will fulfill this option.

District Capstone

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
Individualized

Mathematics:
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

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
Individualized

Mathematics:
Individualized

Industry certificates are credentials recognized by business and industry. They are 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)

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
4

Mathematics:
4

IB exams assess students enrolled in the official IB Diploma Programme. Districts choose which IB exams will fulfill this option. Scores range from 1 to 7 (highest).

SAT: Scores updated for new SAT (2016)

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
470

Mathematics:
500

The SAT is a college entrance exam. The SAT includes sections on reading, writing and math. The highest possible score for each section is 800.

Collaboratively-developed, standards-based performance assessment

Reading, Writing and Communicating:
State-wide scoring criteria

Mathematics:
State-wide scoring criteria

For this option, students use an authentic application of Essential Skills for Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, through the creation of a complex product or presentation. 


Contact

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