Colorado



State Governance

State Board of Education

                Colorado’s State Board of Education consists of seven members, whom are elected through a partisan ballot, each serving six-year terms with a limit of two terms.

State Board of Education has authority over:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Appoints Chief State School Officer
  • Oversees Authorizers of Charter Schools

Governor

John Hickenlooper (D)

Chief State School Officer

Katy Anthes

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 42.0%

English Language Learners: 12.3%

Served by IDEA: 10.4%

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools:

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1993

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 214

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 100,506

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Colorado intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3, 2017. Learn more about Colorado’s ESSA approach.