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Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond serves on the PARCC Governing Board. Joyce Zurkowski, Director of Assessment at the Colorado Department of Education, and Stephanie Boyd, Colorado PARCC Coordinator, are the K-12 Leads for PARCC in Colorado and serve on the PARCC K-12 Leadership Team. Joseph Garcia, Executive Director at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Ian Macgillivray, Assisstant Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
Colorado has been actively engaged in the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network since 2005 and worked to align its standards to the expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The Colorado State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in August 2010. The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Participating State in the spring of 2010, helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system, and became a Governing State in PARCC in August 2012.
The Colorado Department of Higher Education, representing both two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities, has committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and, ultimately, use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. Together, these institutions educate 100% of entering freshman students at public colleges and universities in Colorado. See a full list of participating institutions here.