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Cherry Creek College and Career Framework

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  1. The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework provides our students with the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life.

  2. The Colorado Academic Standards provide a strong foundation in academic learning.  But it is through the Cherry Creek School District Curriculum and high quality Instruction that these standards are personalized and transformed into the unique and excellent learning experience that only Cherry Creek can provide its students. 

  3. Coupled with our highly-trained, well-supported teachers and aligned, meaningful assessments, the Cherry Creek College and Career Framework will prepare our students for college and postsecondary success.

The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework provide our students with the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life.

  • In 2012, after an extensive review of the Colorado Academic Standards by administrators and teachers, it was recommended that the Colorado Academic Standards serve as the foundation for the Cherry Creek College and Career Framework.

  • The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework is comprised of 4 major components:  Colorado Academic Standards, locally aligned college and career curriculum and high quality instruction, a comprehensive assessment system, and strong accountability.

  • The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework, grounded in the Colorado Academic Standards, provides a detailed explanation of what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade in every content area.  They embody the 21st century skills and content which are essential today for college preparedness and postsecondary success.

  • The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework provides students, parents and teachers with a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn at every grade level, and as such, acts as a roadmap to quality education.

  • The Cherry Creek School District is continually in the process of improving the educational experience for all children.  Our Curriculum and Instruction Department conducts a yearly review of all curriculum, instruction, and assessments to ensure alignment with standards and the inclusion of experiences all children need to pursue a variety of options and opportunities after high school.

  • The Colorado English Language Proficiency (CELP) standards are essential for English Language Learners to access all Colorado standards, concepts and skills.  These standards support and align with the Cherry Creek College and Career Framework to prepare all students for college preparedness and postsecondary success.

The Colorado Academic Standards provide a strong foundation in academic learning.  But it is through the Cherry Creek School District's Curriculum and high quality Instruction that these standards are personalized and transformed into the unique and excellent learning experience that only Cherry Creek can provide its students. 

  • Designed in 2009 with the end in mind, the Colorado Academic Standards articulate prepared graduate competencies and the points of mastery at each grade level that lead to college preparedness and postsecondary success.

  • The Cherry Creek School District has complete flexibility on how to implement standards.  Through our curriculum we make the standards uniquely Cherry Creek.

  • A diverse group of teachers, subject matter experts, parents and school administrators—including some of Colorado's and Cherry Creek's best and brightest leaders—worked together to create the Colorado Academic Standards that reflect our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom.

  • The Colorado Academic Standards provide clear expectations for learning in 10 content areas:  music; visual arts; drama and theatre; dance; comprehensive health and physical education; mathematics; reading, writing, communicating; science; social studies; and world languages.

  • The Colorado Academic Standards for mathematics and reading, writing and communicating influenced the development of the Common Core State Standards.  The common core has been cross-matched to the Colorado Academic Standards that continue to reflect our stat's desires for the learning of its students and maintaining the unique aspects of the Colorado Academic Standards, including 21st Century Skills and prepared graduate competencies.

  • The Common Core State Standards is an initiative led by states to raise the bar and ensure students across states are prepared for college and career.  States worked together to develop the standards and started with each state bring their own standards to the table for review.  Colorado Academic Standards had a great influence in the content of the Common Core State Standards.

  • Standards are one part of the effort that Colorado school districts are engaged in to improve education in Colorado.  

Coupled with our highly-trained, well-supported teachers and aligned, meaningful assessments, the Cherry Creek College and Career Framework will prepare our students for college and postsecondary success.

  • Standards establish what students need to learn, but do not direct teachers how to teach.  Teachers and school leaders create lesson plans and tailor instruction to the unique needs of all students.  The best understanding of what works in the classroom comes from teachers and the standards provide teachers with the flexibility to determine what works best for their class.

  • The Cherry Creek School District assists schools in the implementation of standards and instructional support tools through rigorous, aligned curriculum, instructional materials and strong professional development.

  • The Cherry Creek College and Career Framework are designed to have teachers go more in-depth in their subjects, provide clear and consistent learning targets, and mitigate some of the challenges students face with mobility.

  • It takes the commitment of parents, educators, and business and community leaders over time to ensure the standards are implemented effectively.  Together, we must stay the course and remain committed so that students are successful in their K-12 education as well as in college, career and life. 

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