Leaders F (0%)
Groups F (0%)
Events F (0%)
History F (14%)
Opposition F (0%)
Tactics F (0%)
Content F (1%)
Grade levels F (0%)
Current events f (0%)
Civics F (0%)
Other movements F (0%)
Context F (0%)
Items the State Requires
History: Jim Crow
GRADE F means Colorado includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.
Colorado’s Academic Standards for Social Studies include three “Evidence Outcomes” relevant to the civil rights movement, all covered in high school:
• Analyze the complexity of events in U.S. history. Topics to include but not limited to the suffrage movement and the civil rights movement.
• Examine and evaluate issues of unity and diversity from Reconstruction to present. Topics to include but not limited to the rise and fall of Jim Crow, role of patriotism and the role of religion.
• Analyze the origins of fundamental political debates and how conflict, compromise and cooperation have shaped national unity and diversity. Topics to include but not limited to suffrage, civil rights and the role of government.
In Colorado, local districts are responsible for developing curriculum. There are no other guidance documents from the Colorado Department of Education.
Colorado’s coverage of the civil rights movement is poor in every category. The relevant “evidence outcomes” are as lacking in evidence as they are mired in generality. Students are asked to “analyze the complexity of events in United States history” and “examine and evaluate issues of unity and diversity,” but the state provides no yardsticks or specific content expectations. To be fair, Colorado’s standards are weak across the board, not only in their coverage of the civil rights movement—the state also earned an F in the Fordham Institute’s survey, The State of State U.S. History Standards 2011.