Information and Resources about Common Core Standards

Colorado Academic Standards Resources (P-12) | CDE

The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) include 10 content areas for preschool through 12th grade (comprehensive health; dance; drama and theater arts; mathematics; music; physical education; reading, writing and communicating; science; social studies; visual arts; and world languages) and incorporate the Common Core State Standards for reading, writing and communicating and mathematics.

The updated standards are constructed backwards, starting with the competencies of prepared high school graduates to create learning expectations for what students should understand, know and be able to do at each grade level and content area. They provide clear understanding of the concepts and skills students need to master to help ensure they are successful in college, careers and life. For additional information and context regarding the CAS please visit our Colorado Academic Standards Fast Facts and FAQs page.

Concerns about Assessments and Accountability

National PTA has developed an assessment resources page to help parents understand what is happening with assessments in each state. It is important to emphasize National PTAs position statement on assessments:

National PTA believes that valid assessment does not consist of only a single test score, and that at no time should a single test be considered the sole determinant of a student’s academic or work future.

Policy alternatives to social promotion and grade retention must be established.

The National PTA supports nationally agreed upon voluntary standards if they are derived by consensus at the state and local levels. Parents must be involved in this process.

National PTA opposes federal legislation and/or regulations that mandate standardized testing or would lead to such testing, as well as federal policies that mandate comparisons of states, school districts, or individual schools and student retention based on a single test or sole criterion and the practice of social promotion.

Standardized multiple-choice tests and school readiness tests should never be used with preschool and early elementary children for any purpose.

Concerns About Data


DQC released the executive summary of their Parent Poll, conducted in November 2015, which surveyed 1,093 US parents with children ages 5–17 about their attitudes toward data collection and data use in schools. DQC also released fantastic new recommendations about making data work for students,available here.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education has released a Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit.

The Future of Privacy Forum released an awesome and very helpful “Visual Guide to Practical Data De-Identification,” available here.

The White House just released its new big data report, focused on algorithmic discrimination. Pages 16-18 specifically discuss big data and higher education.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) released a set of principles (and related handouts) on “Privacy and Classroom Video Recordings for Teacher Preparation.” NASBE helped to write these principles.

iKeepSafe just released resources and videos to help train K-12 teachers and administrators on student data privacy. iKeepSafe and BrightBytes also just released a new tool, the Digital Privacy, Safety, & Security module, to help users “access research-based content and exemplars from across the country to help fulfill their privacy and safety responsibilities.”

Access4Learning’s Student Data Privacy Consortium is seeking partners. This is a really interesting effort and, even if you don’t want to join, you should definitely know about it. Find out more here.

More Data Privacy Resources from NASBE

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