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District and School Support

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CDE wants districts and schools to be successful, which is why they are held accountable for performance. The state annually evaluates the performance of districts and schools on a set of consistent, objective measures. In addition, the state has various program accountability requirements, including those under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

While CDE values accountability, we also value support to help struggling districts and schools.

The District and School Performance Unit operates within the Colorado Department of Education to support districts and schools, to be able to demonstrate continual improvement in student achievement. The unit provides both universal and targeted support for districts in the state, depending on the level of support needed. Targeted technical assistance is provided to the lowest-performing districts and schools that receive performance ratings of Priority Improvement and Turnaround.

Theory of Action

If we...

  • foster key conditions and research-based turnaround principles...
  • diagnose and structure focused improvement planning...
  • align and differentiate, and leverage the allocation of all funds to ensure equity and maximize impact...
  • use select data and indicators to track and monitor progress...
  • actively support new and growing turnaround talent development programs...
  • pursue bold and urgent interventions and actions with schools and districts...

Then...

  • our lowest-performing districts and schools will become the highest-performing districts and schools as measured by the State Performance Frameworks.

Support

CDE is committed to offering a range of supports to low-performing districts and schools.  Below you will find an overview of some different options that are available to schools identified through the emerging federal ESSA system [i.e., Comprehensive Schools (CS) or Targeted Schools (TS)] and/or through the existing state accountability system [i.e., Priority Improvement (PI) or Turnaround (T)].

 

New! Request for Information - School Redesign

CDE is pleased to invite partners to join the state’s effort to transform low-performing schools and ensure that all students – regardless of where they live – have access to schools that prepare them for college and career. CDE is seeking information from providers willing and able to engage deeply with schools and districts across the state as partners of various scope and design. Specifically, the following three types of partner organizations are encouraged to respond to this Request for Information (RFI):

  • Charter Networks, Charter Management Organizations and/or Individual Charter Schools that have a track record of success and are interested in operating additional schools in Colorado.
  • Turnaround Leadership Providers that operate leadership development programs specifically targeted for schools and districts in need of support.
  • Management partners or non-profit networks that have a track record of success and can engage with districts and schools in one or more of the 4 Domains for Rapid Improvement.

CDE will use responses to this RFI to:

  • Create an inventory of high quality, proven school and district improvement partners that can be used as a part of the Accountability Clock and Every Student Succeeds Act processes.
  • Provide information to the State Board of Education on available management and charter providers that are able to work with schools and districts that reach the end of the Accountability Clock.
  • Support interested school districts in developing their own Request for Proposals or in developing formal relationships with partners they deem to be an appropriate fit to meet their specific needs.
  • Identify turnaround leader development providers for the School Turnaround Leaders Development program.

Completing the RFI

  1. Please read the RFI Overview for more details and instructions
  2. Download and complete the RFI Form
  3. Submit the completed RFI Form electronically to: PartnerRFI@cde.state.co.us by Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM MST.

CDE is committed to ensuring that ALL students graduate ready for college and careers, prepared to be productive citizens of Colorado. We look forward to hearing from your organization.

 

Conditions for successful district and school improvement

School Conditions Rubric

  • Culture of Performance
  • Academic Systems
  • Talent Management
  • Operations

District Conditions Rubric

  • Culture of Performance
  • Academic Systems
  • Talent Management
  • Differentiation for Low-Performing Schools
  • Board and Community Relationships

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