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Supplemental Educational Services (SES)

The Colorado NCLB Flexibility Waiver requires Title I schools with a status of Priority Improvement or Turnaround to offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to eligible children in the school. An SES provider approved by the Colorado Department of Education and selected by the parents and district will deliver services.

SES is free tutoring offered outside of the regular school day that provides extra academic or linguistic assistance for eligible children in a Title I school with a status of Priority Improvement or Turnaround. Eligible students include those who are unsatisfactory or partially proficient in reading or math on the most recent state assessment as measured by the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), or who are below grade level as measured by an early literacy assessment that meets the requirements of the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) or a body of evidence for K-2. Additionally, Non English Proficient (NEP) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students as measured by the Colorado English Language Assessment (CELA), who also attend a Title I school with a status of Priority Improvement or Turnaround are eligible for English Language Development SES. Supplemental Educational Services must be high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement on the state assessment. Any service provided will be paid for by the school district from the Title IA SES set aside funds. These services may include academic assistance such as tutoring, remediation and other educational and linguistic interventions.

The main purpose of Supplemental Educational Services is to:

  • Increase the academic achievement in reading/language arts or mathematics of eligible students as measured by the State's assessment system and increase the linguist ability of non English and limited English proficient students (NEP/LEP) and;
  • Enable these students to attain proficiency in meeting the state academic achievement standards.

The Colorado SES Code of Ethics was written by CDE in collaboration with districts and SES providers in August 2007. In January 2010, the Code was reviewed and revised by CDE, districts, and SES providers. The Colorado SES Guidance was written in 2012 by CDE in collaboration with districts and practitioners. SES Providers approved by CDE to provide services in the state of Colorado must conduct business in compliance with the Code of Ethics and the Colorado SES Guidance in addition to all regulations. Colorado districts that are required to implement SES must also do so in compliance with the Code of Ethics in addition to all other Colorado SES Guidance and regulations.

SES Code of Ethics - pdf

Searching for Approved Providers and Districts

Monitoring Providers and Evaluating the Program

The following documents provide the standards and techniques used by CDE for monitoring and evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the services offered by approved SES providers. The protocol for evaluation also includes the criteria used to remove providers from the approved provider list. Specifically, providers that have failed to increase the academic proficiency of students for two consecutive years, based on the statewide evaluation of SES, will be removed from the approved provider list. Please refer to the following documents for specific criteria, standards, and techniques for removing providers.

Decision Tree for Removing and Keeping Providers on the Approved Provider List - pdf

Protocol for Evaluating and Monitoring Providers - pdf

SES Provider Monitoring Indicators - pdf

Evaluation Reports

The Colorado Department of Education, Federal Programs Unit, evaluates the effectiveness of the SES programs implemented in Colorado, including analyses of the effectiveness of each provider. Each year's evaluation report, as well as a summary of the evaluation across the years, is available on the Data, Program Evaluation and Reporting website.


Sample Contract


For Additional Information Contact:

Trish Boland for Title I A and SES Program Questions and Information

Eric Young for SES Data Entry Tracker Questions and Technical Assistance

SES District and Provider Updates

Tracker Help for Tracker Registration and Passwords 

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