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.
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) here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daead2fa3ff2-request. 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.
School and District Request to Reconsider Decisions
These documents summarize CDE's decisions on school and district requests to reconsider.
- School and District Request to Reconsider Decisions 2014
- Request to Reconsider Decisions 2013
- Request to Reconsider Decisions 2012
- Request to Reconsider Decisions 2011
- Request to Reconsider Decisions 2010
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.
||October 7, 2016||Webinar|
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Request to Reconsider Templates:
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Request to Reconsider Key Questions and Reports
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For assistance, please contact Jessica Knevals, Knevals_J@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6778.