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Colorado is a Governing State in the PARCC Consortium

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, Assistant Deputy Director for Academic Affairs, at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.

Colorado Commitment to Higher Standards

Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids, called for the development of rigorous standards for students. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) engaged in a year-long process to update its academic standards in English language proficiency and ten content areas. After releasing drafts of the standards for public comment, the State Board of Education adopted the Colorado Academic Standards in 2009. The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts began as the Colorado Academic Standards were being developed. Once the Common Core State Standards were released, the CDE commissioned a study to compare the state’s reading, writing and communicating standards and math standards with the Common Core State Standards. The study showed close alignment of the two sets of standards. Using the results of the study and feedback from the standards development committees, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts 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.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

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.

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