Ensure EE is Strong in Academic Standards
We have an opportunity in the coming month to support environmental education in PreK-12 schools through state academic standards. The Colorado Department of Education is currently collecting feedback for revisions to Colorado’s current State Academic Standards. A small group of CAEE’s Outreach and Communication Network gathered earlier this month to review the standards and provide recommendations. While environmental education is already strongly represented within our current standards, we focused primarily on the evidence outcomes within each grade level expectation that will help inform standardized test development in the future.
We encourage all our members and EE supporters to submit comments to the Colorado Department of Education by April 30th to ensure that EE continues to be integrated throughout the standards. As you consider your comments, look for opportunities to:
- Include more opportunities for connecting students with the natural world. Engaging students in environmental education will result in an excitement about science and nature. This opportunity should be consistent and available at all grade levels.
- Identify opportunities for students to form and evaluate personal views around the environment and environmental issues.
- Identify opportunities for environmental education in multiple disciplines.
Thank you for using your voice to ensure to that environmental education continues to be represented in our state educational standards. You can use the recommendations and review of the standards by the Communications and Outreach Network to make your comments and add additional thoughts and insights. You can also comment on only a specific grade or subject area, where you have the most interest.
How to Comment through CDE
The Colorado Department of Education is actively seeking feedback on the Colorado Academic Standards from all interested parties. In November CDE launched an online standards review system which enables all Coloradoans to provide specific feedback on each and every expectation within all 10 content areas of the Colorado Academic Standards. To provide sufficient time for meaningful feedback, the department has extended the timeline to provide feedback to April 30, 2017.
The results of the feedback received through the online system will inform the department’s planning for the upcoming review and revision of the standards, required by Senate Bill 08-212, known as Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The law requires a review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards on or before July 1, 2018 and every six years thereafter.
In early 2017, CDE will provide comprehensive information about the timeline and phases of the standards review and revision process as well as information about how to become involved.
The online standards feedback system can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/casreview.