For more information about Colorado's graduation guidelines, please visit CDE's graduation page.

Local Board of Education Responsibilities
By 2015-2016, each local board of education must adopt graduation guidelines to meet or exceed the minimum expectations outlined in the graduation guidelines adopted by the state board. The graduation guidelines include responsibilities for school boards when developing their local high school graduation policies: 

 Local Board of Education Responsibilities Helpful Resources 
  • Must align with the postsecondary and workforce readiness definition adopted in 2009

  • Must state the minimum academic competencies needed for students to demonstrate postsecondary and workforce readiness and the types of measurements used

  • Must allow students multiple, equally rigorous and valued ways to demonstrate competency of the knowledge and skills necessary for postsecondary education and meaningful careers

  • May permit students longer or shorter time to earn their diploma

  • Beginning no later than the 6th grade, districts must provide information to students and their families about the requirements for high school graduation and successful entry into college and careers


CDE's High School Graduation Guidelines

CDE's Postsecondary Readiness
  • Should recognize and acknowledge the importance of education in world languages, comprehensive health, physical education, music, dance, performing arts, visual arts, and career and technical education in strengthening student learning in other subjects and in supporting students' ability to succeed in the 21st century
  • Must include student demonstrations of 21st century skills in addition to the attainment of the minimum academic competencies
  • Must align with the Colorado Academic Standards, Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards and the Colorado Career and Technical education standards
CDE's Colorado Academic Standards
  • Must include successful completion of the ICAP

CDE's ICAP Information