State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Colorado

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 on or before August 1 Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-33-104
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before October 1 Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §22-32-119;
1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-39:2254-R-5.00
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 4 for gifted and talented. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. §22-20-104.5;
1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-8:2220-R-12.08
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-119.5
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 435 hours for half-day kindergarten pupil. 870 hours for full-day kindergarten pupil. 968 hours for grades elementary grades. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-32-109 (II)(A)
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Elementary Education Endorsement, kindergarten to grade 6. 1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-7.01 (1)(d)(i)
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? State board must adopt school readiness assessments. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1004
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? School readiness assessments may not be used to deny a student admission or progression to kindergarten or grade one. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1004
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Preschool and kindergarten individualized school readiness plans are required as part of the preschool to postsecondary alignment effort. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1014
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? The state provides a description of what the state board definition of school readiness must include. At a minimum the definition must include: physical well-being and motor development, social and emotional development, language and comprehension development, and cognition and general knowledge. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1004
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Local K-3 reading assessments are required. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Assessment results are used to help determine the proper intervention strategy. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available for K-3 students and are detailed in the READ act, which creates individual student plans. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205,
Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1206
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention is allowed after a meeting with the parent, the student’s teacher and other personnel. At that meeting, the group determines if retention is the best intervention strategy. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental input is solicited. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1202, Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-7-1205
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? The Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission recognized social-emotional development as a fundamental component of early learning and school readiness. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 26-6.5-202 

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