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Education-Based Workforce Readiness

Concerning measures to support education-based workforce readiness.
2024 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Higher Education
Bill Summary

The bill authorizes the department of education to commission a financial study (study) with an independent contractor to analyze the costs to provide students the opportunity to obtain college credits, industry credentials, and work-based learning experiences. The study must also include an analysis on the effects of consolidating certain postsecondary and workforce readiness programs, including costs and opportunities for savings to the state and school districts, district charter schools, institute charter schools, and boards of cooperative services (local education providers).

The bill requires the office of information technology (office) to build, or contract with a third-party vendor to build, the Colorado statewide longitudinal data system (data system) to establish a consistent, appropriate, secure, and legal means of data sharing and connecting multiple data sets into the data system to support effective state investments, inform policy research, and assist Colorado citizens in making choices related to their education and training pathways. The office shall work with contributing state agencies, local education providers, institutions of higher education, partner entities, and policymakers.

The bill creates the Colorado state longitudinal data system governing board (governing board) to support the office with the development and implementation of the data system. The governing board is required to convene the systems build and implementation interagency advisory group and the sustainability interagency advisory group to support and advise the governing board on the technical development, implementation, use, and function of the data system.

The bill requires the office to submit an interim report on January 15, 2025, and an annual report on education and workforce readiness beginning April 15, 2026, and each April 15 thereafter, to the general assembly, the state board of education, and the governor summarizing the education and workforce outcomes and postsecondary and workforce programs using the data system.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Bacon, Rep. J. McCluskie
Sen. J. Bridges, Sen. P. Lundeen



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