What are State Standards and Why are they Important?

The standards set by the State of Colorado provide clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level across 10 subject areas, including English language arts, math, science and social studies.  The standards incorporate future skills and essential knowledge that the next generation will need to be successful in college and in their chosen careers. The Colorado Academic Standards were updated in 2018 and were based on what colleges and universities expect from their incoming freshmen to ensure their continued relevancy. (https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs-assessment)