Capitol Week in Review

Legislation | 03/07/2021

Bri Buentello
Government Affairs Director

Legislative Update

This week, new legislation was introduced regarding statewide assessments. The bill, HB21-1161 reduces testing for students, requiring that they only take one standardized assessment- math or reading- instead of the usual both. The legislation replaced the recent proposal which sought to cancel statewide CMAS assessments and passed the House Education Committee on Friday with a bipartisan 8-1 vote.

HB21-1103 Media Literacy Implementation passed in the House Education Committee on Wednesday. This bill creates standards for media literacy in reading, writing, and civics, providing guidance on what students need to be able to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate regarding media consumption.

For a full list of education bills, check out Chalkbeat’s Colorado Education Bill Tracker.

Our Take

We believe strongly in the power of our public education system to develop critical thinkers and thoughtful citizens. We are thrilled to see the state legislature exemplify that belief in the bipartisan passage of HB21-1103. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,

“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.”

For More Information

Colorado Education Bill Tracker Chalkbeat

Media literacy for students moves forward

Colorado proposal to scale back CMAS testing moves forward after an 8-1 vote

New Colorado bill would scale back CMAS but not eliminate it

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