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2021-22 Adjusted Request to Reconsider Process 

The Education Accountability Act of 2009, in section 22-11-207 and 210, C.R.S., requires the department to annually review the performance of all public districts and schools and assign an accreditation category to each district and submit a recommendation to the state board concerning the type of plan that each public school must implement. Based upon the recommendation of the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder group, H.B. 21-1161 enabled the state to offer a request to reconsider process to schools and districts on the accountability clock (i.e., Priority Improvement, Turnaround) during the second year of the accountability pause (2021- 22). This is different from previous years when the process was open to all districts regardless of plan type. While eligible schools and districts may request a new plan type, the accountability clock cannot be adjusted. For example, a school with a Priority Improvement - Y3 plan type could move to Improvement - Y3. However, two consecutive frameworks at Improvement or higher would still need to be earned to fully exit performance watch. The department worked with stakeholders (including the Accountability Working Group) to design the amended request process. Districts were given the opportunity to participate by September 30, 2021, as part of the request to reconsider process. 

Requests fell into three categories:

1. Expedited: These schools met 2019 performance framework expectations (1) using 2021 state assessment data and (2) meeting 85% or higher participation on the state assessments. In 2022, a total of 7 schools were approved by the State Board in this category.

 

2. Expedited Plus: These schools met 2019 performance framework expectations: (1) using 2021 state assessment data, (2) meeting 75% - 84.99% participation on the state assessments, (3) meeting adequate student representativeness (+/- 5%), and (4) providing a quality improvement plan (i.e., Unified Improvement Plan). Criteria are laid out in the UIP Review Form. In 2022, a total of 5 schools were approved by the State Board in this category.

 

3. Body of Evidence: These schools were not eligible for the Expedited or Expedited Plus pathways due to lower participation on the 2021 state assessments. However, schools engaging in this pathway met expectations by: (1) providing strong performance data on nationally-normed local assessments as evidenced through the 2021 Local Assessment Tool or, for Alternative Education Campuses, the 2021 AEC Local Assessment Tool, (2) providing a quality improvement plan (i.e., Unified Improvement Plan) as evidenced by the UIP Review Form, and (3) demonstrating implementation of the improvement plan through a site visit using the External Review Team Protocol. In 2022, a total of 2 schools were approved by the State Board in this category.

On January 12, 2022, the State Board of Education approved improved plan types for 14 schools using the 2021 Request to Reconsider process. View the Request to Reconsider Decisions 2021.  For schools that did not participate in Request to Reconsider, pursuant to H.B. 21-1161, the department did not assign accreditation ratings and plan types for districts and the State Board did not assign plan types for schools for the 2021-22 school year. Districts and schools that did not participate in the 2021 Request to Reconsider will continue to implement the plan type assigned for the preceding school year. 2021 Final School Ratings, including those for Request to Reconsider schools, are available on the performance framework website.

 

Historical School and District Request to Reconsider Decisions

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2021

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider.

January 12, 2022

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2019

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2019 Request to Reconsider.

December 11, 2019

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2018 

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2018 Request to Reconsider.

December 11, 2018

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2017

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2017 Request to Reconsider.

December 11, 2017

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2016

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2016 Request to Reconsider.

May 4, 2017

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2014

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2014 Request to Reconsider.

December 10, 2014

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Request to Reconsider Decisions 2013

This document details the State Board of Education decisions for the 2013 Request to Reconsider.

December 11, 2013

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Note: The Request to Reconsider process was not administered in 2015 or 2020.

 

Historical School and District Request to Reconsider Guidance

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Submitting 2021 Requests to Reconsider Guidance 

This document details the process for the 2021-22 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process, including required forms, request conditions, and CDE review considerations.

August 11, 2021

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Submitting 2019 Requests to Reconsider Guidance

This document details the process for the 2019-20 Request to Reconsider process, including required forms, request conditions, and CDE review considerations.

August 17, 2019

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Request to Reconsider Archived Resources

Tools

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2021 Local Assessment Tool  

A submission form for districts and schools on the accountability clock to submit local data as part of the Body of Evidence pathway for the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process.

August 11, 2021

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2021 AEC Local Assessment Tool 

A submission form for Alternative Education Campuses on the  accountability clock to submit local data as part of the Body of Evidence pathway for the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process.

August 11, 2021

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2021 Request to Reconsider UIP Review Form

The rubric schools and districts will need to meet prior to advancing to the Site Visit stage for the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process.

September 2021

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2021-22 CDE External Review Protocol Schoolworks resource for the External Review Team site visit for the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process.

September 2021

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2019 Local Assessment Template

A template for districts and schools to submit local data to CDE as part of the Body of Evidence pathway for the 2019 Request to Reconsider process.

August 17, 2019

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Assessment Instrument Description Library 

For the 2019 Request to Reconsider process, CDE coordinated with vendors to determine criteria for review and vetted the assessments for accountability purposes only. In no way does CDE endorse any of these external assessments over another or intentionally exclude an external assessment. More information on the assessments and the questions CDE asked the assessment vendors can be found in the Assessment Instrument Description Library.

August 17, 2019

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Webinars

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2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider Informational Webinar

CDE staff held a request to reconsider informational webinar on the 2021 Adjusted Request to Reconsider process. Passcode *M998eU8

September 1, 2021

Webinar recording

School and District Accountability: School and District Accreditation and the Request to Reconsider Process

This webinar covers the process of districts accrediting schools, the timeline, and the 2019 Request to Reconsider process.

August 27, 2019

Webinar recording

School and District Accountability: School and District Accreditation and the Request to Reconsider Process

This PowerPoint was used for the 2019 Request to Reconsider webinar.

August 27, 2019

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School and District Accreditation and the Request to Reconsider Process for Small Systems (Webinar Recording)

CDE has developed additional flexibility and resources around the accountability and improvement challenges for small systems. This webinar covers the school and district performance frameworks and the school accreditation and the 2019 Request to Reconsider process under the lens of small systems.

September 11, 2014

Webinar recording

Past Example Requests

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Insufficient Data Request

This is an example letter for the 2019 Request to Reconsider process when applying for Insufficient State Data: Low Participation for the district and/or one or more schools.

August 14, 2019

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ELA CMAS Grade 8 to PSAT 9 Growth Request 

This is an example letter for the 2019 Request to Reconsider when applying for ELA CMAS grade 8 to PSAT 9 growth inclusion for the district and/or one or more schools.

August 15, 2019

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Example Request to Reconsider (2017, body of evidence, Academy District 20)

District and school Request to Reconsider submissions will vary, depending on their individual body of evidence, but a submission from 2017 is provided as an example of the type of information considered by CDE for a body of evidence.

October 11, 2017

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Example Request to Reconsider (2016, insufficient data, Montezuma-Cortez RE-1)

District and school Request to Reconsider submissions vary, depending on their individual body of evidence, but a submission from 2016 is provided as an example of the type of information considered by CDE for an insufficient state data request.

November 7, 2016

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Example Request to Reconsider (2014, body of evidence, Pueblo 70)

District and school Request to Reconsider submissions 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 for a body of evidence request.

October 14, 2014

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