[CESElist] chance for input: Colorado high school graduation requirements

Eric J. Pyle pyleej at jmu.edu
Mon Jul 30 11:08:09 MDT 2007

Just a suggestion, but one we are wrestling with here in Virginia - do Colorado state college and university admissions offices specify what counts as a science lab credit?  Virginia schools have "suggestions" that omit Earth science.  While this does not preclude Earth science as counting for admission, some institutions may require the other three sciences prior to admission.  What do you suppose is the case in Colorado?

Eric Pyle

---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 10:01:17 -0600
>From: "Amy Stevermer" <asteverm at ucar.edu>  
>Subject: [CESElist] chance for input: Colorado high school graduation requirements  
>To: ceselist at mailman.ucar.edu
>To Colorado CESE folks,
>Colorado House Bill 07-1118 is moving forward. The bill requires the
>Colorado State Board of Education to develop state-wide high school
>graduation requirements. As currently written, the goal is not to
>require specific courses, however, there is movement to define the
>number of credits in a subject area (for instance, 3 years of science)
>that must be completed by all Colorado high school students. 
>The State Board is also currently collecting feedback on the state's
>model content standards. 
>Attached are links to the standards and to HB 07-1118, as well as a
>survey form from Edie Hudak on the State Board of Ed. Certainly there is
>compelling info regarding the importance of Earth system science
>education at the high school level that can be brought to the Board's
>Colorado Model Content Standards: Science
>Colorado House Bill 07-1118 
>> SUMMARY OF HB 07-1118
>> On or before July 1, 2008, the State Board of Education must adopt
>> “a comprehensive set of guidelines for the establishment of high
>> school graduation requirements” that each school district must
>> meet or exceed. These are to be minimum standards or basic core
>> competencies or skills, not specific courses or proficiency levels.
>> On or before August 1, 2007, the State Board must begin to receive
>> public comment on the adequacy of the existing state model content
>> standards.
>> Among the factors that the State Board must take into account when 
>> creating the guidelines are:
>> Recommendations from Governor Owens’ Education Alignment Council.
>> Recommendations from Governor Ritter’s P-20 Council.
>> Admissions standards established by the Colorado Commission on
>> Higher Education for students entering 4-year education
>> institutions in Colorado.
>> The state’s model content standards, particularly in math,
>> science, reading, and writing.
>> Skills and competencies necessary to succeed in the 21st century.
>COgradpolicyinput.doc (32k bytes)
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>CESElist at mailman.ucar.edu

Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
James Madison University
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