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State Accountability - Alternative Education Campuses

The Education Accountability Act of 2009 (SB 09-163) authorizes the Colorado Department of Education to conduct an annual review of the performance of the public schools in the state and to make recommendations to the State Board of Education concerning whether the public school shall implement a Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement or turnaround plan. The law also authorizes the Department to conduct a distinct performance review for those schools that meet the definition of an Alternative Education Campus (AEC). The state's performance framework for AECs takes into account the unique purposes of the campuses and the unique circumstances of the challenges posed by the students enrolled in the campuses.

Announcements

Alternative Education Campus Accountability Work Group Report​

Per HB15-1350, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) was required to form a group of stakeholders from the Alternative Education Campus (AEC) community to gather feedback on the next iteration of Alternative Education Campus accountability, specifically the School Performance Framework to form the Alternative Education Campus Accountability Work Group (AEC AWG). On December 1, 2015, the AEC AWG submitted five written recommendations to the CDE Commissioner, the Education Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the State Board of Education.

Schools Designated as Alternative Education Campuses

Below are the lists of AECs as approved by the State Board of Education.

Required Forms

Schools interested in applying for AEC designation must complete the below forms, with their district/authorizer's support.

Form

Last Updated

File Type

Selection of Accountability Measures for Alternative Education Campuses (XLS)

  • By June 30, all Alternative Education Campus schools must submit a selection of accountability measures form, with their district or authorizer's approval, indicating any optional supplemental accountability measures, metrics, and cut-points they are requesting to be used in their AEC School Performance Framework report.
June 2, 2017 Excel

Application and Renewal for Designation as an Alternative Education Campus (XLS)

  • By April 28, 2017, all schools seeking designation as an Alternative Education Campus or renewal as an Alternative Education Campus for the 2017-18 school year will need to submit an Application/Renewal form, with their district or authorizer’s approval, verifying that the school meets or continues to meet eligibility criteria. On February 27, 2017, all districts seeking renewal or new designation received a pre-populated application from CDE, and this form must be returned to CDE. Pre-populated forms were uploaded to Syncplicity and schools will need to get in touch with their Superintendent to access the template. The form on the website is for informational purposes only for districts seeking new AEC designation for a school. If a district is seeking new designation, please contact accountability@cde.state.co.us.
February 23, 2017 Excel

Unified Improvement Plan Template for Alternative Education Campuses (version 7.0) (DOC)

  • Priority Improvement and Turnaround schools must use this template to submit their Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) by January 2015. Improvement and Performance schools must use this template to submit their UIP by April 2015.
June 10, 2015 Doc

Resources

Schools interested in applying for AEC designation, with their district/authorizer's support, should review the resources below to help in the completion of required forms.

Resource

Last Updated

File Type

AEC Application/Renewal Template Training Webinar

  • A webinar detailing the Alternative Education Campus (AEC) application and renewal process was offered at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The webinar recording and the materials from the webinar are available as reference for those who could not attend.
March 15, 2017 URL, PPT

AEC Selection of Measures Webinar

May 17, 2017 PPT, DOC, URL

AEC Selection of Measures Webinar PowerPoint (PDF)

  • This file contains the PowerPoint from the AEC SOM webinar presented on May 19, 2016.
May 19, 2016 PDF

Policy Guidance: Accountability for Alternative Education Campuses (PDF)

  • This document guides schools and districts through the AEC application and accountability process.
May 4, 2017 PDF
2016 Annotated AEC SPF (PDF) December 20, 2016 PDF

Accuplacer on the AEC SPF (PDF)

September, 2014 PDF

Accountability for Alternative Education Campuses, and Proposed Changes for 2013-14 (PDF)

  • This slideshow guides schools and districts through the basics of the AEC statute, rules, accountability process, and proposed changes for the 2013-14 school year.
June 23, 2013 PDF

Selection of Measures Compiled Responses 2012 (XLS)

  • This document represents all the selected measures for the 2012 AEC SPFs.
June 5, 2013 Excel

Calculation Guidance for Alternative Education Campus Measures (PDF)

  • This resource guides schools and districts through the AEC required and supplemental measures, including definitions and calculation formulas.
May 8, 2017 PDF

NWEA RIT Growth Rank Percentile Tables 

  • NWEA MAP growth percentile conversion tables based on AEC norms for use in the Selection of Measures process.
May 3, 2017 Excel

NWEA MAP Growth Data - Research Paper on Norms for AECs (PDF)

  • This research paper provides the research-based rationale for the calculation of growth results on the NWEA MAPS assessments using AEC norms.
May 2011 PDF

NWEA MAP Growth Data - Calculation Guidance for AECs (PDF)

  • This resource guides schools and districts through the calculation of growth results on the NWEA MAP assessments using AEC norms.
July 2012 PDF

NWEA MAP Achievement and Growth Data - CDE Webinar for AECs (PPT)

  • This webinar presentation guides schools and districts through the calculation of achievement and growth results on the NWEA MAP assessments using AEC norms.
July 2012 PPT

Revised NWEA MAP Growth Norms for Use as Optional Measure on AEC SPF

  • This resource guides schools and districts through the revised NWEA MAP growth methodology in specific detail.
May 8, 2017 PDF

Revised NWEA MAP Fact Sheet

  • This resource provides rationale for and an overview of the revised NWEA MAP growth methodology.
May 8, 2017 PDF

AEC SPF State Required Measures Fact Sheet

  • This resource provides information on changes to the 2017 AEC SPF state required measures.
May 8, 2017 PDF

Scantron Achievement and Growth Data - CDE Webinar for AECs (PPT)

  • This webinar presentation seeks district and school feedback on the use of Scantron assessment data within the AEC School Performance Framework report.
July 2012 PPT

Regulations

On April 13, 2011, the State Board of Education voted to amend the following rules concerning accountability for Alternative Education Campuses:

Research and Development

The Department's intention is to initiate and foster a process of research, development, and continuous improvement. Thus, the Department encourages the ongoing effort to develop rigorous measures that are well-calculated to capture the success of Alternative Education Campuses in fulfilling their mission. The annual submission of the Selection of Measures form is necessary, as the Department anticipates that some AECs may modify their selected measures form year to year. However, the Department also encourages AECs and districts to carefully evaluate the value of any adjustments to their frameworks, as consistency from year to year is critical to gauging progress over time.

The current Alternative Education Campus School Performance Framework report and accountability process reflect the result of collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado League of Charter Schools, the Colorado Coalition of AECs, and other stakeholder groups across the state. Many of the AEC SPF's measures, metrics, and cut-points are informed by the initial work conducted by the Colorado Coalition for Alternative Education campuses during the 2009-10 school year. In addition, during the 2010-11 school year, the Department met multiple times with AEC stakeholder groups to develop the AEC SPF criteria and components.

The documents below reflect archived materials from these stakeholder meetings.

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