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State Accountability - School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider

The Education Accountability Act of 2009 aligned the state accountability measures for districts and schools. The Act requires the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to release District and School Performance Framework reports with an initial accreditation category for each district and an initial plan type assignment for each school.

The process for determining each district’s initial accreditation category and each school’s initial plan type and the process for submitting district and school plans are outlined in the Colorado District Accountability Handbook (PDF).

Districts must submit to the Department the accreditation category that the district has assigned to each school and the performance framework used by the district for that accreditation assignment, including evidence of the school’s level of attainment on the State’s four key performance indicators:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Academic Growth
  • Academic Growth Gaps
  • Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Districts may use the state’s SPF ratings to accredit their schools, or they may use their own local accreditation process, provided that their accreditation ratings correlate to the state’s plan type assignment. In addition, no later than November 7th, if a district disagrees with the Department’s initial assignment of an accreditation category for the district or if the district disagrees with any of the Department’s initial assignments of a school plan type for any of the district’s schools, the district may submit additional information for CDE’s consideration.


Resuming School and District Accountability and Request to Reconsider in 2016-17

While the state legislature directed an accountability hold in 2015, in 2016 the accountability clock will resume with preliminary school and district performance frameworks, which are expected to be available to districts by the end of September. District accreditation ratings and school plan types will be assigned and the request to reconsider process will occur again.

CDE staff will be available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process this summer and fall. Exact dates have not yet been finalized for the request to reconsider process, however, if a district would like individualized assistance reviewing any local data in the meantime, please register for your own Office Hours (held via phone). Office Hours will begin Thursday, August 18 and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4pm until the request to reconsider process concludes.

CDE staff will also be holding a request to reconsider informational webinar on Friday October 7 at 11:00 am. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Knevals at

School and District Request to Reconsider Decisions

These documents summarize CDE's decisions on school and district requests to reconsider.

Submitting School Accreditation Forms and Requests to Reconsider

The resources below detail the process for districts to submit school accreditation categories and to submit requests for reconsideration if a district disagrees with the Department’s initial district accreditation category or initial assignment of a school plan type.


Last Updated

File Type

2016 Request to Reconsider Webinar Recording

  • This webinar covers the process of districts accrediting schools, the timeline (updated since September), and the request to reconsider process.
October 7, 2016 Webinar

2016 Request to Reconsider Webinar PowerPoint (PDF)

  • This PowerPoint was presented during the 2016 Request to Reconsider webinar.
October 7, 2016 PDF

Policy Guidance: Submitting Requests to Reconsider (PDF)

  • This document details the process for Requests to Reconsider, including required forms, request conditions, and CDE review considerations.

Request to Reconsider Templates:

October 14, 2016 PDF

Policy Guidance: Submitting Accreditation Categories (PDF)

  • This document details the process for submitting Accreditation Categories and required forms.
October 13, 2016 PDF

School Accreditation Form

  • Instructions and district login information will be e-mailed to superintendents and district accountability contacts after the DPF/SPF release.
October 11, 2016 URL

Request to Reconsider Key Questions and Reports

  • This document highlights key questions and reports CDE considers in making a Request to Reconsider decision.
Coming Soon PDF

Example Request to Reconsider Submission (PDF)

  • District and school Request to Reconsider submissions will vary, depending on their individual body of evidence, but a submission from 2014 is provided as an example of the type of information considered by CDE.
September 2, 2016 PDF

For assistance, please contact Jessica Knevals, or 303-866-6778.

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