The Senate yesterday, unanimously backed a bill that will help students to continue their education and get a college degree.
The K-12/higher education data exchange requires the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education to exchange information about Colorado students.
The exchange will help the departments:
- understand student success rates by comparing data from the student’s high school career and the student’s first year of post-secondary school;
- identify student readiness for post-secondary school;
- transfer student data electronically and efficiently; and
- achieve the long-term objective of pre-populating admissions applications.
“It is fitting that the Senate unanimously supported the K-12/higher education data exchange. It is a common-sense, but meaningful bill, that we can all agree on. It clearly will help our departments efficiently transition high school students into college. For the benefit of Colorado families and for the benefit of our entire state, we need to do everything we can to give all students a fair shot at higher education,” said Sen. Kerr (D-Lakewood), the bill sponsor.
SB 13-053 must now move on to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Studies show that by 2018, a college degree or certificate will be required for 67% of Colorado jobs.
Senator Kerr serves Senate District 22 which spans eastern Lakewood, Edgewater, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson County. Senator Kerr is a member of the Education and Finance committees. Outside of the legislature, the Senator works as an online social studies teacher. For more information, please visit www.andykerr.org.