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State Accountability - School Accreditation and Requests 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 by no later than August 15th of each school year.

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.

No later than October 15th of each school year, 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 October 15th, 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.

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.



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School and District Request to Reconsider Decisions 2014

  • This document summarizes CDE's decisions on school and district requests to reconsider from 2014.
December 2014PDF

Policy Guidance: Submitting Requests to Reconsider

  • This document details the process for Requests to Reconsider, including required forms, request conditions, and CDE review considerations.
August 2014PDF

Policy Guidance: Submitting Accreditation Categories

  • This document details the process for submitting Accreditation Categories and required forms.
July 2014PDF

Request to Reconsider Form

  • To better assist you in submitting your district or school's additional data to CDE, we have created a template to streamline the process as well as give you an idea of what data we need to collect for the Request to Reconsider process. Everything needed to submit a Request for Reconsideration of your District or School Performance Framework rating may be completed in this spreadsheet.
August 2014Excel

Request to Reconsider Decisions 2013 

  • This document summarizes CDE's decisions on district and school reqests for reconsideration from 2013
December 12, 2013PDF

School Accreditation Form

  • Instructions and district login information for 2013 have been e-mailed to superintendents and district accountability contacts after the DPF/SPF release.
August 2013URL

School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Process Webinar

  • This webinar covers the process of distrcts accrediting schools, the timeline, and the request to reconsider process.
August 2014Webinar

Request to Reconsider Decisions 2012

  • This document summarizes CDE's decisions on school and district requests to reconsider from 2012
December 5, 2012PDF

Request to Reconsider Key Questions and Reports

  • This document highlights key questions and reports CDE considers in making a Request to Reconsider decision.
August 2012PDF

Request to Reconsider Decisions 2011

  • This document summarizes CDE's decisions on Requests to Reconsider from 2011.
December 2011PDF

Request to Reconsider Decisions 2010

  • This document summarizes CDE's decisions on Requests to Reconsider from 2010.
December 2010PDF

Example Request to Reconsider Submission

  • District and school Request to Reconsider submissions will vary, depending on their individual body of evidence, but a submission from 2010 is provided as an example of the type of information considered by CDE.
October 2010PDF

For assistance, please contact Alyssa Pearson,, 303-866-6855.

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