PWR High School Diploma Endorsement

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the State Board of Education on Aug. 15 voted to approve criteria for the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) endorsed high school diploma. This means school districts can now choose to offer this diploma to their students.

Key points about the PWR endorsed diploma:

  • Students who meet the critiera of the PWR endorsed diploma are guaranteed admission and placement in college-level courses (no remediation) at most public state colleges and universities, and they will be given priority consideration at highly selective institutions such as the University of Colorado
  • The PWR endorsed diploma is Colorado's first diploma recognizing achievement above and beyond standard high school graduation requirements
  • In addition to academic mastery, students must demonstrate proficiency in 21st century skills to show they are postsecondary and workforce ready
  • Offering endorsed diplomas is not mandatory; instead, it is a voluntary option for school districts

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Pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1009 and 22-7-1017, the next steps of implementing Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K) calls for the State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to jointly adopt high school diploma endorsement criteria indicating a student’s level of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness. A PWR endorsed diploma identifies student excellence over and above a standard high school diploma. It signifies a student has thoughtfully planned for post-high school life, and is academically prepared for credit-bearing 100-level postsecondary coursework without the need for remediation. A PWR endorsed diploma also means the student possesses the abilities and skills demanded in a rapidly changing, 21st century workplace or postsecondary education environment (i.e., critical thinking and problem solving, information literacy, collaboration, self direction, and invention skills).


A student with PWR endorsed diploma is guaranteed (subject to additional institutional review of other admission and placement qualifications):

  • To meet minimum academic qualifications for admission to all open or selective public institutions of higher education in Colorado, and to be eligible for placement into credit-bearing courses.
  • To receive priority consideration, in conjunction with additional criteria, for placement into credit-bearing courses at all other (highly selective) public institutions of higher education in Colorado.

Next Steps

The Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education are scheduled to vote Aug. 15 on the PWR endorsed diploma criteria.

Work Group Members

PWR Endorsed Diploma Work Group Membership

Implementation of the PWR Endorsed Diploma criteria will be carried out by the Colorado Department of Education's Graduation Guidelines work group.

Past Meeting Schedule

Meeting #1, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Meeting #2, Monday, August 13, 2012
Meeting #3, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

For more information, please contact Emmy Glancy at or call 303-866-4030. 
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