COLORADO K- 12
STANDARDS AND TESTING
Colorado has high standards for K- 12 education in the state. The Colorado Department
of Education has developed tools to help
identify and close achievement gaps.
A good resource for parents is the
department’s SchoolView portal (www.
schoolview.org). Designed for parents,
policymakers, and the general public, the
site provides visibility into how well school
districts and individual schools are meeting
statewide academic standards. This allows
parents to make informed choices about
where to send their children in order to best
meet their individual needs.
Annual student testing is required of all Colorado students, in order to ensure students are
meeting established knowledge levels expected
for their grade level. This statewide testing
is administered by the Colorado Student
Assessment Program (CSAP) with the goal of
ensuring students are meeting grade-level standards in mathematics, science, reading and
writing. The test results provide an indication
of student achievement in reading, writing,
math and science as the students move from
the third through the 10th grades.
The Colorado Department of Education
(CDE) is required to report CSAP results for
the state and for each local school district. In
order to maintain accreditation, schools must
meet minimum CSAP standards. Refer to
the SchoolView Portal or to the CDE website
at www.cde.state.co.us for more information
on testing. See the Public Schools for a listing
of Denver area public school districts.
COLLEGE PLACEMENT TESTS
Colorado students excel in standard college
entrance exams such as the American
College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT). Colorado colleges and
universities use the ACT for the primary
college entrance exam and it is required for
all 11th grade students.
In 2013, the average ACT score for Colo-
rado students’ was 20. 4 (the national
average was 20. 9). This disparity is most
certainly related to Colorado’s universal
testing requirement. Colorado is one of
only three states that require all students—
regardless of whether or not they plan to go
to college—to take the ACT.
Of the nearly 7,500 Colorado high school
students who took the SAT in 2016, the average
composite score was 944 and the national
average is 972. Colorado students consistently
rank in the top 25 percent of the country for the
highest ACT and SAT scores per 1,000 high
A LONG HISTORY OF
Denver history of higher education goes back
a long way, and some of the oldest universities in the western part of the country call
Denver home. Consider the University of
Denver. Established in 1864, it is the oldest
independent university in the Rocky Mountain region. A number of other universities in
the metro area were established as far back as
the 19th century, including: Colorado State
University (1870); Colorado School of Mines
(1874); University of Colorado at Boulder
(1876); and Regis University (1877).
It speaks to Colorado’s appreciation for higher
education that approximately 153, 100 students
are currently enrolled in four-year educational
programs throughout the region. Additionally,
Denver is home to 12 four-year public and
private colleges and universities. Five commu-
nity colleges in the area have more than 20
campuses. Practical training is addressed at
the area’s more than 300 vocational and tech-
nical schools, which provide a large network
of workforce training and educational services
to meet the training and employment needs of
both students and area businesses.
There are also several smaller colleges
and technical and vocational schools with
specialized programs. The Auraria Higher
Education Center, located in the heart of
downtown Denver, for example, has the
largest concentration of students in metro
Denver. The 127-acre campus shared by the
University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan
State College, and the Community College of
Denver serve more than 58,000 students.
The contribution of Colorado’s universities
to the academic research community cannot
be overstated. In fiscal year 2013 Colorado’s universities received millions of dollars
in research grants. The University of Colorado at Boulder received $351.9 million; the
University of Colorado Denver received $19.1
million; The University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus received an astonishing
$395.2 million; the University of Colorado at
Colorado Springs was awarded $7.8 million;
and The Colorado School of Mines received
a $10 million research grant award from the
Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of
Mine Safety and Health. For more information, see the Higher Education listings.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Denver prioritizes educational choice. No
matter what your educational preferences or
goals, Denver has a comprehensive offering of
outstanding public schools, specialized private
schools, alternative education opportunities
and a vast selection of higher education, technical and vocational options. Ready to learn?
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