DCSD Curriculum

Knowledge (CAS)


Higher Order Thinking

Knowledge is what we want students to know and understand. To guide us, we can use the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). 

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Skills are what we want students to do. Within the CAS, are embedded essential skills. 

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Essential Skills

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 (From EdLeader 21) 

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 21st Century Rubrics

When planning with Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTs), we can take our students beyond a surface level of understanding. 

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In the last year, the Colorado Department of Education has been in the process of revising the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for all content areas. 

To stay up-to-date on current changes at the state level we highly recommend subscribing to CDE’s The Scoop.

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