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Request to Reconsider and School Accreditation

Overview

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) calculates and publishes District Performance Framework reports (DPFs), which determine district accreditation ratings. The department also produces School Performance Framework reports (SPFs) for schools, which determine school plan types. In Colorado, districts are responsible for accrediting their schools.  Districts have the opportunity to review the state identified district or school rating from the DPF or SPF.  If the district disagrees with the initial rating, then additional performance data may be submitted to CDE through the Request to Reconsider process.

Accountability Framework Pause in 2021.

In response to disruptions created by COVID-19, Colorado paused the performance frameworks for two school years (2020-21 and 2021-22). The State Board of Education approved the Accountability Act rules to offer an amended request to reconsider process in 2021-22. Based on the modified 2021 Request to Reconsider process, the State Board of Education approved improved plan types for 14 schools on January 12, 2022 (see Request to Reconsider Decisions 2021).

Request to Reconsider in 2022. 

SB 22-137 was signed by the Governor on April 13, 2022. During the June 16th board meeting, the state board added a 90% total participation threshold for any school or district to be eligible to participate in the request to reconsider process. Total participation includes all students for all content areas(i.e., reading/EBRW and math) in the base (parent excusals are counted as non-participants). In 2022, sites may use request to reconsider to move to "On Watch" or fully exit the accountability clock if they meet certain conditions. Eligible sites should indicate their participation in the request to reconsider process by submitting the School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider form by September 23. Final request materials are due October 25. For more information, see Guidance for Finalizing Accreditation Categories and submitting Requests to Reconsider for District Accreditation Ratings and School Plan Types. 

 

 

Announcements

2022 School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Process

Guidance for Finalizing Accreditation Categories and Submitting Requests to Reconsider for District Accreditation Ratings and School Plan Types is now available for 2022. 

2022 School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Timeline

Sep 2nd: Preliminary framework release September 23rd: School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Form Submissions are due. October 25th: Final request materials are due. November 10-11 and December 14-15: District and school plan types are finalized during the state board meeting.

School Accreditation

This fall, to officially sign off on district/school ratings and/or to participate in request to reconsider, all districts must review and verify the district rating and school plan types using the School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Form (in the Accreditation Portal within the UIP online system) by September 23. The form is available to district accountability contacts once frameworks are released to districts. 

Form Access

For District Accountability Contacts to access the Accreditation Portal, the district’s Local Access Manager (LAM) will need to modify the UIP online system login role from “District Admin” or “District User” to “Accountability Contact”, as described in this guide. For additional support, fill out the assistance request form. Information about assigning accountability contacts to the district is available on the State Accountability website.

Form Submission

The purpose of this form is to indicate participation in a request to reconsider and to have districts verify ratings before ratings are finalized by the state board. For any site participating in a request to reconsider (see the below section), select “District Agrees? - No” on the form for each site participating in a request. The “Accreditation” tab with these selections is due by September 23rd. No signatures are required to complete the submission process. However, by clicking the submit button the district indicates that both the district superintendent and the local board chair are aware of the ratings verified on the form and any sites that are participating in the request process. The form will automatically capture the selections and will send to CDE your name, email address, and date of submission based on your UIP user role. Upon submission, this will activate the “Request To Reconsider” tab, where additional evidence can be submitted. For any district that is unsure whether a site will participate in a request, they may select “District Agrees? - No” on the form to begin the request process. In each request tab, they will have the option to rescind the request by the October 25th due date for request materials so the request is not a part of public record. Any requests that are not rescinded by October 25th will be considered part of public record.

Request to Reconsider

During the June 16, 2022 board meeting, the state board adopted rules that only those districts and schools with a 90% total participation rate on 2022 statewide assessments can participate in the request to reconsider process (rule language is available). The department will only consider requests that meet one or more of the conditions for a request in assigning a different district accreditation category or school plan type or clock status given through the district or school transitional performance framework report (see the below table or the published guidance for information about these conditions). Final request materials are due in the Accreditation Portal in the "Request To Reconsider" tab within the UIP online system by October 25.  

*CDE will inform District on their eligibility for this condition. 

Technical Assistance and Support

If a district would like individualized assistance from CDE, register for Office Hours (held via zoom) here. Office hours will begin Wednesday, August 17th and will be held from 2-4pm every Wednesday and Thursday until the request to reconsider process concludes. 

Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Webinar (August 15, 2022): This Webinar provides an informational walkthrough of the accreditation and request to reconsider process in 2022. Slides and Recording**.

**Note that timelines have shifted since this webinar was recorded due to the delay in the release of performance framework ratings. Updated timelines are available in the guidance or in the updated slides. 

 

 

Prior Request to Reconsider Decisions and Archive Resources

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Helpful Links

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Aislinn Walsh walsh_a@cde.state.co.us