Education FIELD GUIDE TO IN COLORADO 2019 - Colorado Succeeds

 
Education FIELD GUIDE TO IN COLORADO 2019 - Colorado Succeeds
2019

FIELD GUIDE TO
Education
IN COLORADO
Education FIELD GUIDE TO IN COLORADO 2019 - Colorado Succeeds
About Colorado Succeeds
Colorado Succeeds is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
that brings business leaders across the state together to
ensure all of Colorado’s children are educated to their
greatest potential, and all the state’s businesses have the
homegrown talent needed to thrive.
We harness the business community’s expertise, influence,
and capital to:
n   C
     reate Change
    We work to remove public policy barriers and
    consistently improve the educational ecosystem to work
    for all kids.
n   I nvest in What’s Working
    We identify and invest in promising initiatives and
    practices, focused on a high return on investment and
    sustainable impact.
n   S
     cale Success
    We expand access so that all learners can benefit from a
    relevant and responsive educational experience.
And we’re in good company. Our network represents over
100 companies and partners across the state, reaching
Coloradans in all 64 counties. Join us.

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Education FIELD GUIDE TO IN COLORADO 2019 - Colorado Succeeds
Introduction
This handy Field Guide is designed to give you quick and
easy access to key data that will support you in your work
to improve education in Colorado. There’s a common
understanding in business that what gets measured gets
done. Using data, we can continue to hold Colorado’s
education system accountable and ensure that limited
resources are not only well spent, but also invested in the
areas most needing improvement.
The Field Guide puts the education data that matters the
most at Coloradan’s fingertips. We hope you will use this
tool in your efforts to bolster education outcomes and join
our calls for continuous improvement.

Contents
                      Executive Summary                        5
                      The Basics                              19
                      Student Performance                     39
                      Education &
                      The Economy                             51
                      State Leadership                        61
                      Our Coalition                           69
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Vision 2030 Framework
    THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
    A Call-To-Action
    Children sitting in kindergarten classrooms today will graduate
    from high school in the year 2030. Experts predict that 85%
    of the jobs available in that same year have yet to be invented.
    Though the economy and labor market are evolving in ways we
    can’t predict, one thing is certain: the future needs raw human
    ingenuity, collaboration, and emotional intelligence; people who
    are empowered to shape technology, rather than be replaced
    by it. Will Colorado rise to the challenge?

    Colorado’s Challenge
    Our current education system was built for a past era, when
    humans were manufacturing goods on assembly lines and
    computers didn’t exist. This system has not kept pace with
    the changes to the economy and external environment. As a
    result, Colorado has a sizable skills gap and one of the largest
    achievement gaps in the country.

    The Next Revolution
    Today’s workforce is globally connected, network-based,
    knowledge-based, and where we’re headed is rapidly evolving.

    The Solution
    Futurists agree that education needs to prepare students for
    jobs that don’t exist yet, to work with tools that have yet to be
    created, and to solve problems that have yet to be identified.
    We are calling this new era the Age of Agility.
    Colorado Succeeds believes in 7 principles to help Colorado
    create an agile education system that supports agile learning
    providers and develops agile learners who are prepared to
    succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

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Principles For Action
n   Set expectations, get out of the way
n   Focus on outcomes, not inputs​
n   Equip all families with information and access​
n   Empower local learning providers​
n   Fund students, not systems​
n   Eliminate silos, share everything​
n   Measure performance, continually improve​

                         Student
                       Competencies

                  Student Experiences

                  Education Principles

Learn more here: https://coloradosucceeds.org/vision-2030-
framework/
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Executive Summary
Executive
Summary
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Executive Summary
Education FIELD GUIDE TO IN COLORADO 2019 - Colorado Succeeds
Executive
Summary

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EARLY LITERACY

    Currently, 15.7% of CO
    K-3 students have
    a Significant Reading
    Deficiency (SRD).

       SUBGROUP RESULTS:
       READ ACT 2017 ASSESSMENT (K-3)

                                                      51%

                               29%                                        25%
           24%                                                 23%

          Students              English        Students with   Hispanic   Black
      Qualifying for Free     Language          Disabilities
      & Reduced Lunch          Learners
        PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WITH A SIGNIFICANT READING DEFICIENCY (SRD)

    Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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STUDENT PROFICIENCY
                     IN MATH

Only 36% of 5th grade
students and 28% of 8th grade
students meet (or exceed)
CO’s state standards for
math proficiency.

   STUDENT PROFICIENCY IN MATH

              Grade 5 (2018)                           Grade 8 (2018)

                                                                       28%
                                 36%

                64%                                      72%

                  % Students at Grade Level       % Students Below Grade Level

Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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STUDENT PROFICIENCY
                         IN SCIENCE

    Only 36% of 5th grade
    students and 31% of 8th
    grade students meet
    CO’s state standards for
    science proficiency.

        STUDENT PROFICIENCY IN SCIENCE

                   Grade 5 (2018)                         Grade 8 (2018)

                                       36%                                 31%

                     64%                                    69%

                        % Students at Grade Level     % Students Below Grade Level

    Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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STUDENT PROFICIENCY
                     IN LANGUAGE ARTS

Only 47% of 5th and 44%
8th grade students meet
CO’s state standards for
proficiency in English
Language Arts.

    STUDENT PROFICIENCY IN LANGUAGE ARTS

               Grade 5 (2018)                          Grade 8 (2018)

                                  47%                                    44%
              53%                                     56%

                   % Students at Grade Level      % Students Below Grade Level

Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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ACT

     Only 45% of CO’s high
     school students are meeting
     ACT college-readiness
     benchmarks.

        6-YEAR TREND: ACT SCORES

           In 2017, 100% of Colorado graduates                                         45%
           took the ACT. As the state transitioned
           the statewide test from ACT to SAT,
           participation fell to 30% in 2018.

           25%            25%              26%             25%              26%

          2013            2014            2015             2016            2017        2018

                                 Percentage of test takers that met all 4 benchmarks

     Source: ACT (2018)
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HIGH SCHOOL
                    GRADUATION RATE

At 79%, CO’s high school
graduation rate has increased
slightly since 2011 but is
below the 2016 national
average of 84%.

   4-YEAR TREND:
   COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES

                                                           79%        79%

          77%                     77%

      2013-2014                2014-2015                2015-2016   2016-2017

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2018);
Colorado Department of Education Graduation Dashboard (2017)                    11
READINESS FOR
                          COLLEGE COURSES

     77% of incoming students
     at 4-year colleges and
     44% of incoming students
     at 2-year colleges do not
     require remediation.

         COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
         NOT PLACED INTO REMEDIATION (2017)
                4-YEAR COLLEGES                               2-YEAR COLLEGES

                                                100% TARGET

                           77%
                                                                         44%

         Percentage of high school graduates NOT        Percentage of high school graduates NOT
         placed into remediation at 4-year colleges     placed into remediation at 2-year colleges

     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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COLLEGE GRADUATION
                     RATE

CO’s college graduation
rate at 4-year colleges
is 63% and at 2-year
colleges is 34%.

    GRADUATION RATE AT 4- & 2-YEAR COLLEGES (2018)

              4-Year Colleges                                   2-Year Colleges

                       63% Colorado                                     34% Colorado
                       65% United States                                38% United States
                       82% Highest in US (IA)                           64% Highest in US (SD)

           Percentage of 4-year college                     Percentage of 2-year college
       students that graduate within 6 years            students that graduate within 6 years

Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (2018)
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CREDENTIALS AND
                          DEGREE ATTAINMENT

     Only 34% of high school
     graduates go on to successfully
     complete a postsecondary
     credential (a certificate,
     associate degree or bachelor’s
     degree) within 4 years.

        POST-SECONDARY CREDENTIAL COMPLETION

                                              74% 2020 TARGET

                                                    34%

                                    Percentage of students completing a
                                   post-secondary credential within 4 years

     Source: Colorado Department of High Education (2018)
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NATIONAL
                     COMPARISON - MATH

CO is ranked 16th nationally
in 4th grade and 14th nationally
in 8th grade math.

   MATH: GRADE 4 & GRADE 8 (2018)
                  Grade 4                                         Grade 8

                       42% Colorado                                     38% Colorado
                       40% United States                                33% United States
                       53% Highest in US (MA)                           50% Highest in US (MA)

       Percentage of students at proficiency            Percentage of students at proficiency

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (2017)
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NATIONAL
                          COMPARISON - READING

     CO is ranked 13th nationally
     in 4th grade and 8th nationally
     in 8th grade reading.

        READING: GRADE 4 & GRADE 8 (2018)
                       Grade 4                                         Grade 8

                             40% Colorado                                    41% Colorado
                             35% United States                               35% United States
                             51% Highest in US (MA)                          49% Highest in US (MA)

            Percentage of students at proficiency            Percentage of students at proficiency

     Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (2017)
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ACHIEVEMENT GAP

CO has some of the largest racial
and socio-economic achievement
gaps in the country. There is
a 31% point gap in 5th grade
language arts proficiency rates
between students in poverty and
their more affluent peers.

   5TH & 8TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS PROFICIENCY
   (CDE, 2018)

                 61%                                                                      58%
                       56%                   54%                                                53%
                                                   39%
  30% 27%                                                    31% 29%      32% 29%

                               11% 8%
   Students    Students not      English     Not English     Hispanic       Black          White
  in Poverty    in Poverty     Language       Language
                                Learners       Learners

         5TH GRADE                                       8TH GRADE
         Percentage of students meeting or               Percentage of students meeting
         exceeding state proficiency                     state proficiency

Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)
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The Basics

             The Basics
The Basics
The Basics
As a society, we expect constant improvement in all
aspects of our lives – technology, healthcare, and
consumer goods. There is no reason, therefore, why we
shouldn’t see continuous improvement in the education we
deliver to our children. This section provides demographic
information and important insights into Colorado’s
education system to help policymakers, business and
civic leaders, students, parents, and the public effectively
engage in improving it.

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Who Attends Colorado
     Public Schools?

                                                         Total Pupil Count for
                                                       2017-2018 School Year:

                                                       910,280
                             This is the smallest increase
                              since the 1989-1990 school year.

     Percentage Economically
     Disadvantaged:

     41.7%

     Percentage English
     Language Learners:                                    14.1%
     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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Who Attends Colorado
Public Schools?
                                                     Pupil Count
 Racial/Ethnic Group                                October 2017         %

 American Indian or Native Alaskan                       6,455           0.7%

 Asian                                                  28,948           3.2%

 Black or African American                               41,671          4.6%

 Hispanic/Latino                                      306,434          33.7%

 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander                        2,290           0.3%

 Two or More Races                                      38,003           4.2%

 White                                                 486,479         53.4%

 Total                                                 910,280          100%

Colorado Students by
Specified Type of Instruction
                                                     Number of
 Type of Instruction                                  Students           %
 Gifted and Talented                                    67,082           7.4%

 Special Education                                      98,984          10.9%

 English Language Learners                              128,274         14.1%

 Online                                                  19,876          2.2%

 Title 1                                               227,089         24.9%

           TITLE 1 is the largest K-12 federal education program. It provides
           additional funding to schools with high numbers of children from
             low-income families to ensure all students meet challenging
                 academic standards, regardless of their background.
Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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Colorado Schools by Type

                                 4.6%
                                                                       Elementary
                      5.8%                                             School
                                                                       Middle
                                                                       School
             8.6%
                                                                       High
                                                                       School
                                                                       Combined
                                                                       Elementary/
                                                      50.4%            Middle
           16.5%                                                       School
                                                                       Combined
                                                                       Middle/
                                                                       High School
                                                                       Combined
                           14.1%                                       Elementary/
                                                                       Middle/High
                                                                       School

                                                                         No. of
      Grade Level                                                       Schools

             Elementary School                                            958
             Middle School                                                268
             High School                                                  314
             Combined Elementary/Middle School                            165
             Combined Middle/High School                                   111
             Combined Elementary/Middle/High School                        86
      Total                                                             1,902
     Source: CDE - SchoolView Data Center Homepage (August 29, 2018)

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178 School Districts
There are 178 traditionally defined school districts in Colorado,
and an additional eight that are special local education
agencies, such as regional education service agencies (RESAs),
supervisory unions, state operated agencies, federally operated
agencies, and independent charter districts with student
enrollment greater than zero.
                                         Number of                      Number of
 District Size (Students)                 Students         Percentage    Districts
       More than 50,000                     301,160            33.1%         4
       25,000-49,999                       226,770             24.9%         7
       10,000-24,999                         161,897           17.8%         9
       5,000-9,999                          101,033             11.1%        14
       1,000-4,999                           83,659             9.2%        42
       500-999                                    15,193        1.7%         21
       Under 500                             20,568             2.3%        90
 Total                                     910,280             100%        186

      24.9%
                                       33.1%

     17.8%

                                                        2.3%
                                   9.2%               1.7%
                   11,1%

Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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10 Largest School Districts
     by Student Population
                                                        Student
      School District                                  Population

      Denver County 1                                    91,794

      Jefferson County R-1                                86,112

      Douglas County RE 1                                67,597

      Cherry Creek 5                                     55,657

      Adams-Arapahoe 28J                                 40,920

      Adams 12 Five Star Schools                         38,870

      St. Vrain Valley RE 1J                             32,421

      Boulder Valley RE 2                                 31,282

      Poudre R-1                                         30,019

      Colorado Springs 11                                27,427

      Total                                            502,099

     The largest 10 school
     districts (5.6% of the
     districts) represent 55.2%
     of the state’s students.

     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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State Spending on K-12 Public Education

                                                                                    $5.99
                                   $5.45                     $5.49
          $5.30

                                                                                  $8,137
                                                            $7,662
         $7,313                    $7,419

       2015-2016                 2016-2017                2017-2018              2018-2019

                State Education Funding                      State Average
                (in Billions of Dollars)                     Per-Pupil Funding

Colorado State Operating Budget
General Fund 2018-2019 Appropriations
  0.9%
                               36.6%
                                                                   Human Services/Health Care

                                                                   Higher Education
       8.8%
                                                                   General Government

                                                                   K-12 Education
                                              11.9%                Corrections/Judicial

                                                                   Other
            34.0%
                                        7.7%

Source: CDE Facts and Figures; JBC Appropriations Report FY18-19

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Per-Pupil Funding by District
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                                                                                                                                                 (state, local and federal). Districts with

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                                                     $20K-$25K                                                                                                              Per-Pupil
                                                       1 District                                                                                                           Spending
                                                     $15K-$20K                                                                            Aspen 1                         $24,913.72
                                                      6 Districts
                                                                                                                                          Platte Valley RE-7               $18,219.92
                                                                                                                                          Ignacio 11JT                    $17,778.30
                                                                                                                                          Fort Morgan 3                     $17,744.11
                                                                                                                                          Garfield 16                     $17,265.96
                                                                                                                                          Park County RE 2                $16,238.25
                                                      $12K-$15K
                                                     25 Districts
                                                                                                                                          Clear Cree, RE-1                $15,553.57
                                                                                                                                          Sheridan 2                       $14,957.74
                                                                                                                                          Rangely RE-4                    $14,668.50
     COLORADO SCHOOL DISTRICTS - FUNDING PER PUPIL

                                                                                                                                          Lake County R-1                 $14,601.49

                                                                                                                                                                            Per-Pupil
                                                                                                                                          MEDIAN 10                         Spending
                                                                                                                                          St. Vrain Valley RE-1J      $11,331.76
                                                                                                                                          Garfield R 2                $11,312.98
                                                                                                                                          Littleton                   $11,297.15
                                                                                                                                          Trinidad 1                  $11,168.27
                                                                                                             MEDIAN                       Poudre R 1                  $11,136.25
                                                                                                                                          Colorado Springs 11       $11,059.03
                                                                                                                                          Manitou Springs 14         $10,918.23
                                                      $10K-$12K
                                                     40 Districts                                                                         Platte Canyon 1           $10,855.92
                                                                                                                                          Adams County 12           $10,852.85
                                                                                                                                          Weld County/Gilcrest RE-1 $10,769.77
                                                                                                                                          Rocky Ford R 2            $10,732.36

                                                                                                                                                                            Per-Pupil
                                                                                                                                          BOTTOM 10                         Spending
                                                                                                                                          Mesa County Valley 51            $9,540.36
                                                                                                                                          Eaton RE-2                        $9,505.21
                                                                                                                                          Monte Vista C-8                  $9,497.89
                                                                                                                                          Pueblo County 70                 $9,253.29
                                                                                                                                          Montrose County RE-1J             $9,026.61
                                                      $5K-$10K
                                                     22 Districts                                                                         Widefield 3                       9,000.57
                                                                                                                                          Lamar R 2                        $8,946.77
                                                                                                                                          Julesburg RE-1                    $8,713.20
                                                                                                                                          Johnstown-Milliken RE-5J         $8,628.73
                                                                                                                                          Byers 32J                         $7,235.59
                Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Annual Survey of School System Finances, 2016
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Preschool in Colorado
The Colorado Preschool Program is the state’s public preschool
initiative and serves children aged three to five years who
risk being unprepared when starting grade school. Since its
creation in 1988, it has served over 352,000 young children.
The Colorado Preschool Program is not a universal program
and the available spots are currently capped by the legislature
at 28,360.

Race/Ethnicity of Children Served by CPP
                                                                    Children
                                                                    Served
 Race/Ethnicity                                                     by CPP     Percentage

 American Indian or Alaska Native                                     224         1%

 Asian                                                                779         3%

 Black or African American                                           1,957        7%

 Hispanic or Latino                                                 14,434       54%

 White                                                               8,437       32%

 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander                                      63        1.7%

 Two or More Races                                                    832         3%

 Total                                                              26,726      100%

Over 80% of preschool
students in this program
were served by public schools.

Source: CDE, Colorado Preschool Program Legislative Report (2018)

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Kindergarten in Colorado

                                                                        Only

                                                          78.4%    of children
                                                                    attending
                                                              kindergarten in
                                                             Colorado attend
                                                        full-day kindergarten.

                   Colorado does not mandate full-day
                  kindergarten and does not pay for
                 full-day kindergarten.
            Colorado requires school districts to offer kindergarten;
           however, the state does not mandate that they offer full-
         day kindergarten and only provides a little more than half
        of the funding per kindergarten student. School districts
       may raise additional taxes to pay for full-day kindergarten.
      Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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Colorado Charter Schools
As of April 2018, there were 120,513 students attending 250
charter schools in Colorado. This represents 13.2% of the total
student enrollment in the state.

Population Comparison (2016-2017)
Colorado Charter & Traditional Public School Demographics:

                                                                                   50.5%
                      White
                                                                                  54.5%

                                                               35.9%
                     Latino
                                                              33.6%

                                       6.1%
                      Black
                                      3.7%

                                     2.9%
                      Asian
                                    2.2%

   American Indian or              0.8%
       Alaska Native               0.8%

                                   0.3%
       Native Hawaiian
                                   0.2%
                                                              Public Charter Schools
                                     3.6%                     Traditional Public Schools
    Two or more races
                                     3.75”
                               0         10         20   30      40        50          60   70
Source: Colorado League of Charter Schools (2018)

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Charter School Institute
     The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is the state’s only
     non-district charter school authorizer. Currently, CSI authorizes
     39 Colorado charter schools across the state.
     In 2004, House Bill 04-1362 created CSI and granted it the
     authority to approve or deny charter school applications,
     monitor charter school operations, and assist in the conversion
     of certain district charter schools to a CSI charter school.
     CSI may authorize charter schools in districts that have not
     retained exclusive authority to authorize charter schools within
     their district. It accepts applications from those interested
     in starting a charter school, as well as those interested in
     transferring, expanding or replicating an existing charter school.

     Governance
     As an independent state agency, a nine-member Board of
     Directors governs CSI; seven appointed by the Governor and
     two by the Commissioner of Education.

     CSI schools
     serve more than

     17,500
     PK-12 students
     across the state

     Source: Charter School Institute (2018)

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Colorado
Academic Standards                                                1993
Research shows that by 2020,                                        House Bill 93-1313
employers will hire candidates based                                initiated standards-
on their ability to:                                                based education for
                                                                    all Colorado students.
    • Convey complex
      information clearly                                         1996
                                                                    The state legislature
    • Draw conclusions                                              established the
    • Make recommendations based                                   Colorado student
      on facts and reasoning                                        assessment program.
                                                                  2009-2010
The Colorado Academic Standards
were designed to ensure students                                    After a public
learn how to think critically, reason                               engagement process
through problems, make informed                                     to review and
decisions, and effectively                                          revise standards,
communicate.                                                        the Colorado State
                                                                    Board of Education
State standards for student learning                                approved updated
define what students should know                                    standards in all
and be able to do at the end of a                                   10 content areas,
grade level or grade span. Standards                                creating the Colorado
improve student outcomes by setting                                 Academic Standards.
a bar for student performance,                                    2018
defining the floor — not the ceiling —
of student learning.                                                The State Board of
                                                                    Education updated
Standards for student learning are                                  and revised the
not new in Colorado. The most recent                                academic standards
version of the Colorado Academic                                    in all 10 content
Standards passed in 2010. During the                                areas. Essential skills
spring of 2018, the State Board of                                  (i.e., post-secondary
Education approved revisions to the                                 and workforce
standards, as required by statute. Full                             competencies)
implementation of the standards is                                  guidance also
planned for 2020.                                                   finalized to ensure
                                                                    students demonstrate
                                                                    college and career
Source: Future Forward (2015); Colorado Department of Education
                                                                    readiness.
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Assessment
     To ensure students are meeting state academic standards and
     prepared for college and career, Colorado joined the Partnership
     for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC),
     and adapted the test to create the Colorado Measures of Academic
     Success (CMAS).
     However, the Colorado Department of Education decided in May
     2017 to phase out of the PARCC consortium opting to work with
     testing company Pearson to develop its own English and math
     tests. These will roll out during the 2019 testing cycle.
     CDE plans to purchase some questions from the PARCC
     organization for 2019, as well as develop new test questions with
     Pearson. CDE will purchase only those questions from PARCC that
     were developed with Colorado teachers.

     When Do We Test Our Students?
      Subject                                          Testing Schedule

      Math &
                                    In 3rd grade through 8th grade annually
      Language Arts

      Science                         In 5th grade       In 8th grade      In 11th grade

                                    In 4th and 7th grades on a sampling basis of
      Social Studies
                                    one-third of elementary and middle schools.

      College                            PSAT in 9th and                  SAT in
      Entrance Exam                        10th grade                   11th grade
     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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School & District Accountability
A rigorous accountability system that uses multiple
measures is critical to ensuring districts and schools are
providing students with a high-quality education. Senate
Bill 09-163 (2009), The Education Accountability Act,
established the framework that evaluates all schools and
districts across the state using the same set of indicators
and measures.

The framework includes:
    n    review of individual school and district-wide
        A
        achievement, growth, and post-secondary workforce
        readiness. Provides parents and policymakers with
        pertinent information about how schools and districts
        are performing.
    n    n Accountability Clock, which places chronically
        A
        low-performing schools and districts on a timeline for
        improvement while providing additional support from
        the state.
    n    chool improvement designed around unified
        S
        improvement planning tailored to each school.
    n    2018 law
        A
        passed stipulating
        that a district or
        school must meet
        performance targets
        for two consecutive
        years before state support
        and oversight is removed.
        Improvement plans must
        also include parental and
        community engagement
        early on.

Source: Colorado Department of Education (2015-2016)

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Accreditation
     Districts are evaluated based on several key performance
     indicators and assigned to one of five accreditation
     categories by the state. The five categories are:
                                                                                Number of    Percent of
     2017 DISTRICT PERFORMANCE RESULTS                                           Districts    Districts
     HIGHEST PERFORMING

           Accredited with Distinction                                             30          16.3%

           Accredited                                                              90         48.9%

           Accredited with Improvement Plan                                        49         26.6%

           Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan                                 9          4.9%

           Accredited with Turnaround Plan                                          0             0%
     LOWEST PERFORMING
     Insufficient Data                                                               6          3.3%
     Source: https://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/2017_dpf_sbe

     Performance Framework
     The District and School Performance Framework
     (DPF/SPF) is an annual evaluation of schools and
     districts that provides a more in depth analysis on
     growth among a number of indicators and measures.
     The school categories are:
                                                                                Number of    Percent of
     2017 SCHOOL PERFORMANCE RESULTS                                             Schools      Schools
     HIGHEST PERFORMING

          Performance Plan                                                       1,205        69.7%
          Improvement Plan                                                         318         18.3%
          Priority Improvement Plan                                                120            7%
          Turnaround Plan                                                           39          2.3%
     LOWEST PERFORMING
     Insufficient Data                                                              46          2.7%
     Source: https://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/2017_spf_sbe_12_13_17

     The results of the frameworks are used to indicate which
     schools are higher performing and lower performing, the
     latter of which are then assigned into different categories for
     state support, including more serious interventions after the
     Accountability Clock timeline passes without improvements.
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Every Student Succeeds Act
The Every Student Succeeds Act                         Timeline of ESEA & ESSA
(ESSA) was signed into law in                          1965
December 2015, reauthorizing                                The Elementary and Secondary
the Elementary and Secondary                                Education Act, signed by
Education Act (ESEA) and                                    President Lyndon Johnson
replacing No Child Left Behind.                             n Landmark civil rights legislation;

ESSA seeks to ensure that states                              created the Title I program that
provide all students, regardless                              allocates federal funding to
                                                              states to support disadvantaged
of background, access to a high-                              students
quality education. Each state is
                                                       1978
required to submit a plan to the
                                                            Education Amendments Act
U.S. Department of Education                                and the Middle Income Students
outlining how it will use                                   Assistance Act, signed by
additional federal resources to                             President Jimmy Carter
improve outcomes for students,                              n Allowed schools with 75%

especially those in schools with                              student population in poverty to
high poverty rates. State plans                               use Title I funds for school-wide
must also address important                                   programs
issues such as standards,                              2002
assessments, accountability,                                No Child Left Behind signed by
data transparency, and                                      President George W. Bush
                                                            n Established important
supporting teachers and leaders.
                                                              expectation that schools must
Colorado’s ESSA plan was                                      make progress with all student
approved by the federal                                       groups
Education Department in                                2015
May, 2018. Under the plan,                                  Every Student Succeeds Act
some additional schools will                                signed by President Barack
be identified for support and                               Obama
improvement.                                                n Shifts school accountability and

                                                              improvement power back to
The plan features a new                                       states
Application for School                                 2017
Improvement, a one-step                                     n   C
                                                                 olorado submitted state plan
process for districts with                                      under ESSA incorporating
schools identified for                                          stakeholder feedback including
intervention to access services                                 from Colorado Succeeds
and funding specifically tailored                      2018
to the unique needs of each                                 n   U
                                                                 .S. Department of Education
identified school.                                              approves Colorado’s state plan
Source: U.S. Department of Education (2018); Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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Policy Progress & Accomplishments
     Many consider Colorado a national leader and model for
     education reform based on significant policies that have been
     implemented over the last 10 years, most notably:

      Year     Policy      Description
      2008   Senate Bill   Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K),
               08-212      created focused, coherent, and rigorous
                           academic standards (preschool through post-
                           secondary); informative assessments aligned to
                           the new standards; school readiness definition,
                           and plans; and a common definition of post-
                           secondary and workforce readiness.

      2008   Senate Bill   The Innovative Schools Act allows a public
              08-130       school or group of public schools to submit to its
                           school district board of education an innovation
                           plan to allow them to implement innovations
                           within the school or group of schools, such
                           as: delivery of educational services, personnel
                           administration and decision-making, and
                           budgeting.

      2009   Senate Bill   School and District Accountability created
               09-163      shared accountability measures for districts
                           and schools; placed significant value on student
                           academic growth and post-secondary readiness;
                           developed a cycle of support and intervention for
                           struggling schools and districts; and emphasized
                           school and district improvement efforts.

      2010   Senate Bill   The Great Teachers and Leaders Act ensures
               10-191      that there are annual performance evaluations
                           for all educators based on statewide standards.
                           Evaluations are focused on meaningful feedback
                           and continuous professional growth, non-
                           probationary status is earned and retained based
                           on demonstrated effectiveness, and school leaders
                           are empowered to make staffing decisions for
                           their building.

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Policy Progress & Accomplishments (continued)
 Year    Policy      Description
2010      State      Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) were
         Board of    approved by the Colorado State Board of
        Education    Education to update standards in all 10 content
         Adopted     areas and incorporate the Common Core State
        Colorado     Standards in math and english language arts.
        Academic     The standards set rigorous teaching and learning
        Standards    objectives, but specific curriculum and pedagogy
                     remain the right and responsibility of local
                     districts, schools, and educators.

2012    House Bill   Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic
         12-1238     Development (READ) Act focuses on early
                     literacy development, assessment to identify
                     struggling readers and diagnose the root cause
                     of their reading difficulties, parent engagement
                     in creating a customized READ plan - including
                     research-proven interventions to bring their child
                     up to grade level - and shared accountability for
                     literacy growth and achievement.

2014    House Bill   The Student Success Act establishes school-level
         14-1292     financial reporting, providing school leaders a
                     tool to measure return on investment, and allows
                     taxpayers to evaluate how their money is being
                     spent. The bill tripled charter school facilities
                     funding and dedicated $18 million annually to
                     fund the early literacy reforms in the READ Act.

2015    House Bill   Responsibly reduces testing while protecting
         15-1323     key accountability and comparability measures.
                     Requires districts to report on testing time and
                     increases transparency for students and parents.

2017    House Bill   Requires school districts to provide public
         17-1375     charter schools equitable access to locally-raised
                     tax revenue.

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Student Performance
Performance
Student
Student Performance
Student
Performance
In Colorado, academic performance varies widely by
demographic subgroup, and this results in a significant
achievement gap. This is most pronounced for Black and
Hispanic students. These students’ National Assessment
of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, high school
graduation, and college completion rates are dramatically
lower than those of their white peers.
Identifying these gaps is just the first step in ensuring
students across Colorado receive a quality education.
The success of all our students will ensure a strong future
for Colorado.

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Residents with
     post-secondary degrees:                                  56.2%

     Colorado Education Pipeline

     100                    For every 100 students
                            who enter high school

          79                Only 79 will
                            earn a diploma

          34
                            And only 34 high school
                            graduates will earn a college
                            credential in four years

     Source: Colorado Commission on Higher Education (2018)

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National Assessment of Educational
Progress (NAEP) Scores Over Time
NAEP is the largest nationally representativ​e and c​ontinuing
assessment of what America’s students know and can do in
various subject areas. Subject areas include mathematics,
reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography,
U.S. history, and in technology and engineering literacy.

 Grade Level / Subject               2007       2009      2011   2013   2015   2017

 Grade 4 / Reading                    36%        40%      39%    41%    39%    40%

 Grade 4 / Math                       41%        45%      47%    50%    43%    42%

 Grade 8 / Reading                    35%        32%      40%    40%    38%    41%

 Grade 8 / Math                       37%        40%      43%    42%    37%    38%

Less than 50%
of Colorado’s
elementary and
middle school
students perform
at grade level
in reading and math.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2018)

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International PISA Results
     PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is
     an ongoing international assessment program that measures
     15-year-old students’ reading, math, and science literacy every
     three years. The program is focused on providing insights for
     education policy and practice. PISA 2015 covered 35 OECD
     (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
     and 37 partner countries and economies.

       Out of 73 countries, the United States ranked:

                                   MATH
                                                                  40th
                               READING
                                                                 24th
                                SCIENCE
                                                                 25th
                                                   10    20    30     40    50   60   70   80   90   100

     Source: PISA (2015); PISA 2018 results will be released in December 2019.

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Colorado’s National
Achievement Gap Rankings
Income, race, and ethnicity gaps in student performance are
alarming. Colorado is in poor standing compared to other
states, and the ninth worst in the country in math gaps for
Hispanic 8th grade students.

                                               4th Grade                           8th Grade
  GAP                                     Math            Reading             Math            Reading
  Low Income/
  Non-Low Income
                                        13th 15th 14th 11th
                                       LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP      LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP

  Black/White                           14th 10th 15th 12th
                                       LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP      LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP

  Hispanic/White                          7th             10th                9th              13th
                                       LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP      LARGEST GAP        LARGEST GAP
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2017)                 Statistics include District of Columbia

Higher Education Attainment Gap
Post-secondary Degree Attainment Rate Among
Colorado Adults (ages 25-64)
    70

   60           64%
    50

   40

    30
                                         39%

    20
                                                                29%                       29%

    10

     0
                White                    Black                 Hispanic                  Native
                                                                                       American/
                                                                                      Alaska Native
Source: Colorado Rises, CDHE (2017)

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Nation’s 7th Largest Achievement Gap
     4th Grade Mathematics Gap Between
     Hispanic and White Students
                Mississippi
                  Arkansas
                    Kansas
                  Kentucky
                  Wyoming
                    Florida
                 Oklahoma
                   Montana
            South Carolina
                                                                               Colorado’s
                     Hawaii                                                      Hispanic
                        Iowa
                    Nevada                                                   students are
            North Carolina                                                   almost three
                  Delaware
                    Indiana                                                  grade levels
                        Ohio
                      Texas
                                                                                  behind.
                   Missouri
             North Dakota
             South Dakota
                 Tennessee
                     Alaska
                   Georgia
                  Louisiana
                  Michigan
                  Nebraska
          New Hampshire
               New Mexico
               New Jersey
                  New York
                    Oregon
                    Arizona
            Massachusetts
              Rhode Island
                        Utah
                     Illinois
               Washington
                 Wisconsin
                  California
                      Idaho
                    Virginia
                  Colorado
                  Alabama
                  Maryland
               Connecticut
                 Minnesota
              Pennsylvania
      District of Columbia
                                0       10          20          30           40          50
                                         Note: Maine, Puerto Rico, Vermont and West Virginia - no data available.
     Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2017)

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Colorado High School Graduation Rate
Only 79% of Colorado students graduated from high school
on time in 2017.

                                                           45th
                                                          in the Nation
                                                          According to the
                                                          U.S. Department
                                                            of Education

                               COLORADO

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2018)
Note: Statistics include District of Columbia

Four-Year Colorado Graduation Rates
 All students:                                                        79.0%
 Native American:                                         64.1%
 Asian:                                                                      89.8%
 African American:                                            71.9%
 Hispanic/Latino:                                             71.1%
 White:                                                             83.9%
 English Language Learners:                               64.6%
 Economically Disadvantaged:                               68.5%
Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

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Colorado’s Student Population Changes
     and the Achievement Gap (2007-2017)
     Percent Change in Student Demographics
        40                                                         39.7%

        30

        20
                 14.6%
         10                                    9.3%

         0        All         Native                    African
               Students      American          Asian   American   Hispanic   White
         0
                                                                             -1.0%
        -10
                                                        -12.0%
       -20

       -30
                               -30.5%
       -40
     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

     Percent Change in Graduation Rate by Demographic
        26
                                                                   24.5%
        24
        22
        20
         18
         16
         14
         12
                                                        10.0%
         10                     9.0%
          8                                    7.5%
          6      5.0%                                                        4.5%
          4
          2
         0
                  All         Native                    African
               Students      American          Asian   American   Hispanic   White

     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2017)

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College Readiness
Many Colorado students are not properly prepared when
they leave high school and enter college. Less than half of
high school graduates are prepared for college level reading,
math, and science. In 2018, only 45% of students scored at
the college-ready level on average in all four core subjects,
according to their ACT performance.

Percentage of Colorado High School Students
Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
by Subject
  100

   90

   80
               82%
   70

   60                            65%
                                             61%
   50
                                                 57%
              AVERAGE ACROSS ALL FOUR SUBJECTS - 45%*
   40

   30

   20

    10

    0
               English           Reading   Mathematics           Science
*This compares to 26% in 2017.

                                                         GOAL:
Colorado’s state goal:                                   100%
“to graduate all students
from high school prepared
for college.”
Source: ACT (2018)

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College Remediation by Subject
     Percent of Students (High School Class of 2016)
     Statewide Requiring Remediation by Subject

                                31.9%
                                 WRITING
                                                              22.8%
                                                              READING

                                               45.3%
                                                   MATH

     In 2016, 35.3% of Colorado high school
     graduates needed a remedial course.

     Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education (2018)

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Student Persistence in Colorado
Only 34% of Colorado high school graduates persist through
college to earn a post-secondary degree or credential within
four years.

Colorado’s Annual Average Pipeline Performance
  100

   90
             100%
   80

   70                                79%
   60

   50                                                        55.8%
   40

   30
                                                                                   33.7%
   20

   10

    0
               Begin             Graduate High           Enroll in College/         Earn a
             9th Grade          School in 4 Years         Post-secondary        Post-secondary
                                                             Program          Credential or Degree
Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education (2018)

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Education & The Economy
   The Economy
   Education &
Education & The Economy
Education &
The Economy
Colorado’s business community understands that the
relationship between our public education system and
our state’s economy is symbiotic, each one depends on
the other for survival. Colorado’s employers expect K-12
standards to align with the knowledge and skills that our
young people need to be ready for college, career, or military
service in an increasingly competitive global economy.
It’s no secret that Colorado employers need more skilled
workers. Thousands of Colorado jobs go unfulfilled every
year because applicants often lack the knowledge and
skills needed to fill them. This “skills gap” is unsustainable
for our economy, and business leaders across the state
are partnering with leaders from education, government,
and the community to build a stronger education system
for everyone.

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Achievement Gap = Earning Gap
     Colorado High School Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity
                                                 100

                                                 90
                                                                             89.8%
                                                 80                                                         83.9%
                                                       79.0%                                                                      80.2%
                                                                                                                       76.5%
      G R A D UAT I O N R AT E

                                                 70
                                                                                        71.9%    71.7%
                                                 60                64.1%
                                                 50

                                                 40

                                                 30

                                                 20

                                                  10

                                                  0       All   American     Asian      African Hispanic    White       Native    Two or
                                                       Students Indian/                American                       Hawaiian/    More
                                                                 Alaska                                                 Pacific   Races
                                                                 Native                                                Islander
     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2018)

     Colorado Income Disparity Across Race/Ethnicity
     (Median Household Income by Race)
                                                 $80K

                                                 $75K
                                                                             $79,594
                                                                                                            $75,285
      M E D I A N H O U S E H O L D I N CO M E

                                                 $70K

                                                 $65K
                                                         $69,117

                                                 $60K
                                                                                                                                  $62,634
                                                 $55K

                                                 $50K
                                                                                        $51,558 $51,550
                                                 $45K              $47,745
                                                 $40K                                                                  $42,216
                                                 $35K

                                                 $30K
                                                           All  American      Asian      African Hispanic   White       Native  Two or
                                                        Students Indian/                American                      Hawaiian/ More
                                                                 Alaska                                                 Pacific Races
                                                                  Native                                               Islander
     Source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey (2017)

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Economic Impact of a Highly Educated
Workforce for Colorado
If Colorado Students Obtained the Levels of Education
Needed to Compete in Today’s Economy Over the
Span of 10 Years:

                Colorado would gain 57,600
                 additional graduates with
              post-secondary education levels
                   needed for Colorado’s jobs

                             These graduates would
                             earn an additional $8.5 billion

This additional income means
more money flowing into the economy....

     $1 billion                    $472 million         $1.4 billion
 in new revenue                      increase            increase
and public savings                 in auto spending   in home spending

Leading to greater economic outcomes
for Colorado....

                                                      Over $12 billion
                      14,600 new                      in increased
                      jobs created                    GDP growth

Source: Colorado Succeeds (2018)

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Education Supply and Demand

     74%
                                     74% of jobs in Colorado will
                                     require some form of post-
                                     secondary education by 2020.

     34%
                                         Only 34% of Colorado high school
                                         graduates earned at least one
                                         certificate or degree within 4 years.

     Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Work-
     force (2013); Colorado Department of High Education (2018)

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Fastest Growing Colorado Industries/Jobs
Ranking Industry                                    Number of new jobs in 2016

   1      Professional and
          Business Services                                                  10,000
  2       Trade, Transportation,
          and Utilities                                                    8,700
  3       Education and
          Health Services                                                 8,400
  4       Leisure and
          Hospitality                                               6,200
  5       Government                                           4,600
  6       Construction                                   2,500
  7       Financial
          Activities                                   2,000
  8       Other service
          industries                                 1,700
  9       Manufacturing                              1,600
10 Natural Resources
   and Mining                                        1,100
  11 Information                                300
                                           0

                                                    0

                                                    0

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                                                   00

                                                   00

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                                                  00

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                                                2,

                                                4,

                                                6,

                                                8,

                                               10

                                               12

                                                                                 14

                                                                                          16

Source: Colorado Business Economic Outlook (2018)

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Career and Technical Education

                                                              93%
                                                   of top growing jobs in
                                                   CO demand some level
                                                     of post-secondary
                                                         education.

                                 COLORADO

                     21,176 post-secondary CTE certificates and
                          associate degrees were awarded in the
                                      2016/2017 academic year.

     Career and Technical Education (CTE) ensures a
     thriving Colorado economy by providing relevant, rigorous
     education that is responsive and aligned to workforce needs.

       39%                or 133,585 of secondary students are
                          enrolled in some form of CTE studies.

     1,376                school-based CTE programs
                          in Colorado high schools.

          162             school districts
                          offer CTE programs.
     Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education (2018)

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

                     By 2020, nearly 55% of Colorado’s jobs
                        will require STEM-related training or
                  education. Yet fewer than 25% of Colorado
                      students are earning such credentials.

Half of all STEM jobs are available to
workers without a four-year college
degree, and these jobs pay $53,000
– a wage 10 percent higher than jobs
with similar education requirements.
                                    -Brookings Institute

                   A Colorado graduate with a computer
             science degree can expect to earn $95,000
                 upon college graduation. This is roughly
          double the average starting salary in Colorado.

Colorado STEM
is a coalition of
highly engaged
business, education, and
civic leaders in support
of high-quality science,
technology, engineering, and
math (STEM) education and
experiences for all students.
Colorado Succeeds serves as
the host organization.

Source: ColoradoSucceeds.org/STEM

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Incentives for Industry Credentials (House
     Bill 16-1289)
     Innovative incentive program that rewards schools
     with a $1,000 incentive when high school students....

     1         Earn an industry-recognized
               credential tied to an in-demand job, or

     2         Complete an apprenticeship/
               residency program, or

     3         Pass the AP Computer
               Science exam.

                  $2 million                program
                  pilot enacted             expanded for 5
                  in 2016                   years in 2018

     In its first two years:                                      Year 1 Year 2
                                                                  2016-2017   2017-2018
     9
       ,000 industry credentials
      earned by students                          Districts
     T
       he $3 million of funding over             Participating    27 37
      two years has covered one-third             Total
      of all eligible credentials earned
      (requests total $9,000,000).
                                                  Credentials
                                                  Reported
                                                                  3,106 5,689

                                          Majority of Credentials
               16%                        Earned In....
                                    31%      Skilled Trades and
                                             Technical Services
                                             STEM and IT
        25%
                                             Health Care and
                                             Criminal Justice
                          26%                Hospitality, Human
                                             Services and Education

     Source: CDE Factsheet (2018)

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Innovative Models in Colorado
Concurrent Enrollment
 86% of high schools offer opportunities to earn
    post-secondary credit hours. 41,857 Colorado students
    participated in dual enrollment programs.

Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment
(ASCENT)
 33 Colorado school districts offer this 5th year
    program for college credits

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools
(P-TECH)
 Collaborative effort between a district, industry partner,
         and college to offer industry-recognized certificates and
         associate’s degrees. There are five schools:
   Falcon Tech/Skyline High School (St. Vrain School District)
    Power Technical Early College (James Irwin Charter School)
     EC@N-STEM/Northglenn High School (Adams 12)
      Canon City High School (Canon City RE-1)
       STEM School Highlands Ranch
         (Douglas County School District)

CareerWise Colorado in 2018:
 240 enrolled apprentices
 7 school districts, 9 higher
    education institutions
 Partnering with businesses to provide
    business-led, student centered
    apprenticeships beginning junior
    year of high school.

Source: Colorado Department of Education - April 2018

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State Leadership
Leadership
State
State Leadership
State Leadership
Policymakers are critical to keeping Colorado on track.
Every student deserves an equal opportunity to a high-
quality education and to be equipped for a career path
of their choice. Colorado Succeeds works closely with
legislators to support student-centered policies that
improve student outcomes statewide.

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Leadership in Education for Colorado
     State Board of Education
                                             Office                              Party

      Valentina “Val” Flores                 1st Congressional District           D

      Angelika Shroeder                      2nd Congressional District           D

      Joyce Rankin                           3rd Congressional District           R

      Debora Scheffel                        4th Congressional District           R

      Steve Durham                           5th Congressional District           R

      Rebecca McClellan                      6th Congressional District           D

      Jane Goff                              7th Congressional District           D

      Katy Anthes, Ph.D.                     Commissioner of Education

      Elizabeth (Bizy) Cordial               Director of State Board Relations

     Source: Colorado Department of Education (2015-2016)

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Elected State Senators
n Education Committee Member              (updated: 12/11/2018)

Office Legislator                                          Party
 SD 1 Senator Jerry Sonnenberg                               R

SD 2 Senator Dennis Hisey                                    R

SD 3 Senate President Leroy Garcia                           D

SD 4 Senator Jim Smallwood                                   R

SD 5 Senate Democrat Whip Kerry Donovan                      D

SD 6 Senator Don Coram                                       R

SD 7 Senate Republican Whip Ray Scott                        R

SD 8 Senator Randy Baumgardner                               R

SD 9 Senator Paul Lundeen                                    R

SD 10 Senator Owen Hill                                      R

SD 11 Senator Pete Lee                                       D

SD 12 Senator Bob Gardner                                    R

SD 13 Senate Assistant Minority Leader John Cooke            R

SD 14 Senator John Kefalas                                   D

SD 15 Senator Rob Woodward                                   R

SD 16 Senator Tammy Story                                    D

SD 17 Senator Matt Jones                                     D

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     Office Legislator                                           Party
     SD 18 Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg                    D

     SD 19 Senator Rachel Zenzinger                                D

     SD 20 Senator Jessie Danielson                                D

     SD 21 Senator Dominick Moreno                                 D

     SD 22 Senator Brittany Pettersen                              D

     SD 23 Senate Republican Caucus Chair Vicki Marble             R

     SD 24 Senator Democrat Caucus Chair Faith Winter              D

     SD 25 Senator Kevin Priola                                    R

     SD 26 Senator Daniel Kagan                                    D

     SD 27 Senator Jack Tate                                       R

     SD 28 Senator Nancy Todd                                      D

     SD 29 Assistant Majority Leader Rhonda Fields                 D

     SD 30 Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert                    R

     SD 31 Senate President Pro Tempore Lois Court                 D

     SD 32 Senator Robert Rodriguez                                D

     SD 33 Senator Angela Williams                                 D

     SD 34 Senator Julie Gonzales                                  D

     SD 35 Senator Larry Crowder                                   R

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Elected State Representatives
n Education Committee Member               (updated: 12/11/2018)
Office Legislator/Legislator                               Party

 HD 1   Representative Susan Lontine                        D

 HD 2 Majority Leader Alec Garnett                          D

 HD 3 Majority Co-Whip Jeff Bridges                         D

 HD 4 Representative Serena Gonzales Gutierrez              D

 HD 5 Representative Alex Valdez                            D

 HD 6 Representative Chris Hansen                           D

 HD 7 Majority Co-Whip James Coleman                        D

 HD 8 Representative Leslie Herod                           D

 HD 9 Representative Emily Sirota                           D

HD 10 House Majority Caucus Chair Edie Hooton               D

HD 11 Representative Jonathan Singer                        D

HD 12 Representative Sonya Jaquez Lewis                     D

HD 13 Speaker of the House KC Becker                        D

HD 14 Representative Shane Sandridge                        R

HD 15 Representative Dave Williams                          R

HD 16 Representative Larry Liston                           R

HD 17 Representative Tony Exum                              D

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     n Education Committee Member                 (updated: 12/11/2018)
     Office Legislator/Legislator                                Party

     HD 18 Representative Marc Snyder                              D

     HD 19 Representative Tim Geitner                              R

     HD 20 Representative Terri Carver                             R

     HD 21 Representative Lois Landgraf                            R

     HD 22 Representative Colin Larson                             R

     HD 23 Assistant Majority Leader Chris Kennedy                 D

     HD 24 Representative Monica Duran                             D

     HD 25 Representative Lisa Cutter                              D

     HD 26 Representative Dylan Roberts                            D

     HD 27 Representative Brianna Titone                           D

     HD 28 Representative Kerry Tipper                             D

     HD 29 Representative Tracy Kraft-Tharp                        D

             House Deputy Majority Caucus Chair
     HD 30                                                         D
             Dafna Michaelson Jenet

     HD 31 Representative Yadira Caraveo                           D

     HD 32 Representative Adrienne Benavidez                       D

     HD 33 Representative Matt Gray                                D

     HD 34 Representative Kyle Mullica                             D

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Elected State Representatives
n Education Committee Member               (updated: 12/11/2018)
Office Legislator/Legislator                               Party
HD 35 Representative Shannon Bird                           D

HD 36 Representative Mike Weissman                          D

HD 37 Representative Tom Sullivan                           D

HD 38 Representative Susan Beckman                          R

HD 39 Representative Mark Baisley                           R

HD 40 Representative Janet Buckner                          D

HD 41 Representative Jovan Melton                           D

HD 42 Representative Dominique Jackson                      D

HD 43 Assistant Minority Leader Kevin Van Winkle            R

HD 44 Representative Kim Ransom                             R

HD 45 Minority Leader Patrick Neville                       R

HD 46 Representative Daneya Esgar                           D

HD 47 Representative Bri Buentello                          D

HD 48 Representative Stephen Humphrey                       R

HD 49 House Republican Whip Perry Buck                      R

HD 50 Representative Rochelle Galindo                       D

HD 51 Representative Hugh McKean                            R

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     n Education Committee Member              (updated: 12/11/2018)
     Office Legislator/Legislator                             Party
     HD 52 Representative Joann Ginal                           D

     HD 53 Representative Jeni Arndt                            D

     HD 54 Representative Matt Soper                            R

     HD 55 Representative Janice Rich                           R

     HD 56 Represnetative Rod Bockenfeld                        R

     HD 57 Representative Bob Rankin                            R

     HD 58 Representative Marc Catlin                           R

     HD 59 Representative Barbara McLachlan                     D

     HD 60 Representative Jim Wilson                            R

     HD 61 Representative Julie McCluskie                       D

     HD 62 Representative Donald Valdez                         D

     HD 63 House Republican Caucus Chair Lori Saine             R

     HD 64 Representative Kimmi Lewis                           R

     HD 65 Representative Rodney Pelton                         R

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Statewide BizCARES Network Partners
     Action 22                  Colorado Business
                                Roundtable
     Adams County Education
     Consortium                 Colorado Concern
     Alliance for Choice        Colorado Forum
     in Education
                                Colorado’s Future
     Arvada Chamber
                                Colorado Hospital
     Associated Governments     Association
     of Northwest Colorado
                                Colorado Technology
     Aurora Chamber             Association
     of Commerce
                                Colorado Women’s Chamber
     Boulder Chamber            of Commerce
     of Commerce
                                Colorado Springs Regional
     Club 20                    Business Alliance
     Colorado Advanced          Denver Hispanic Chamber
     Manufacturing Alliance     of Commerce
     Colorado Association       Denver Metro Chamber
     of Black Professional      of Commerce
     Engineers and Scientists
                                Denver Metro
     Colorado Association       Leadership Foundation
     of Career and Technical
     Education                  Denver Public Schools
                                Foundation
     Colorado Association
     of Commerce and Industry   Downtown Denver
                                Business Partnership
     Colorado Association
     of Mechanical and          Durango Chamber
     Plumbing Contractors       of Commerce

     Colorado BioScience        Economic Development
     Association                Council of Colorado

     Colorado Black Chamber     Ft. Collins Chamber
     of Commerce                of Commerce

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Golden Chamber                   Pueblo Latino Chamber
of Commerce                      of Commerce
Grand Junction Chamber           Small Business Majority
of Commerce
                                 South Central Council
Grand Junction                   of Governments
Economic Partnership
                                 South Metro Chamber
Greeley Chamber                  of Commerce
of Commerce
                                 Southern Colorado
Loveland Chamber                 Business Partnership
of Commerce
                                 The Urban League
Metro Denver Economic            of Metro Denver
Development Corporation
                                 Vail Chamber
Metro North Chamber              of Commerce
of Commerce
                                 Visit Denver
Northern Colorado
Legislative Alliance             West Chamber Serving
                                 Jefferson County
Progressive 15
                                 The Youth
Pueblo Chamber                   Foundation
of Commerce

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