About the State Board of Education

The State Board of Education supervises academic standards and accreditation for all 1900+ public schools and the 900,000 students they serve. 


The mission of the Colorado State Board of Education is to provide all of Colorado’s children equal access to quality, thorough, uniform, well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe and civil learning environment.


All children in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens.

Powers and Duties

The Colorado State Board of Education is the governing board of the Colorado Department of Education. Within its jurisdiction, the State Board:
  1. Provides educational leadership for the state;
  2. Appoints the Commissioner of Education and the Director of State Board Relations;
  3. Employs personnel of the Department of Education;
  4. Approves the Department of Education budget;
  5. Makes rules, regulations, and policies that govern the Colorado Department of Education, public education including pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, adult education, and public libraries;
  6. Accredits public school districts;
  7. Facilitates the provision of library services to the citizens of Colorado through the State Library;
  8. Distributes federal and state funds;
  9. Regulates educator licensing;
  10. Supervises adult basic education and public libraries;
  11. Appoints advisory committees;
  12. Grants waivers of Colorado education law and regulations;
  13. Exercises judicial authority with regard to appeals by charter schools; and
  14. Submits recommendations for educational improvements to the General Assembly and Governor


We can solve the big issues facing public education and make Colorado the national leader in how to get things done for students, families, and teachers. It’s going to take all of us working together.