Resources for Colorado Academic Standards

CDE Resources for Implementing the Colorado Academic Standards

Source: Colorado Department of Education

As a Common Core state, the Colorado Academic Standards in Mathematics and Reading, Writing and Communicating fully include the Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

General Resources

  • The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
  • Student Achievement Partners was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards. The work is aimed at ensuring that teachers across the country are able to put the standards to work, quickly and effectively, to help their students and colleagues aspire to a higher standard and reach it. The site offers hundreds of math and literacy resources for teachers.
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) provides a Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards. The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating instructional and assessment materials for alignment to the standards. Each tool in the Toolkit supports the ex­pectations in the standards and derives from the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Toolkit was developed for use by educators and administrators responsible for developing or evaluating curriculum, or for making purchasing decisions for instructional and assessment materials.

The Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in Mathematics are grounded in the Common Core State Standards. Teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators may find the following resources helpful as we continue our transition to full implementation of the standards.

  • Illustrative Mathematics illustrates the range and types of mathematical work students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  They also publish other tools to support implementation of the standards.
  • TurnOnCCMath – The GISMO research team at North Carolina State University has developed 18 learning trajectories that unpack the K-8 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics from the standpoint of student learning, and elaborate the underlying scientific research in mathematics education. TurnOnCCMath is a comprehensive resource to support teachers, teacher educators, professional development providers, and district and state-level curriculum experts in interpreting the CCSS-M for instructional implementation.
  • The Council of the Great City Schools’ Parent Roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

 For additional resources, please visit the CDE Mathematics webpage.

English Language Arts & Literacy in History / Social Studies, and Technical Subjects
  • includes information on implementation, lesson planning, and assessment as well as articles and research exploring the Common Core.

 For additional resources, please visit the CDE Reading, Writing and Communicating webpage.

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