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ELPA Excellence Award

The ELPA Excellence Award program is designed to award grants to local education providers, or Local Education Agency (LEA) and charter schools with evidence-based English language development (ELD) programs that achieve the highest English language and academic growth among English learners and the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of the English language proficiency program.

ELPA Excellence Awardees

The ELPA statute requires the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to identify Excellence Awardees using three criteria: highest content growth for ELs in program, highest language growth for ELs in program, and highest content achievement for exited (former EL) students. Until 2017-2018, CDE identified the highest performing 10 districts and 10 charter schools as Excellence Awardees, using an average of the three indicators listed above, each receiving one-third of the points. After three years of distributing the ELPA Excellence Awards, the CDE is adjusting the criteria used to identify the recipients of the ELPA Excellence Award moving forward.    

Beginning in 2018-2019, identification as an ELPA Excellence Awardee will require performance in the top 25 percent on all three indicators.  Eligible districts and charter schools must be among the highest performing on each of the three indicators individually, rather than the average of all three indicators.  The number of awardees may vary from year to year under these new criteria; however, this will ensure that CDE identifies those that are highest-performing, as the ELPA statute intended.  The modified definition of ELPA Excellence may result in fewer awardees being identified, but will likely increase the amount of money distributed to each recipient, as the full $500,000 will still be awarded annually.  These changes to the criteria are consistent with the requirements in current legislation and State Board of Education rules, and do not necessitate changes to either.

Reporting

At the conclusion of each school year for which it receives a grant, each LEA and charter school that receives an ELPA Excellence Award must submit a data analysis and summary of the evidence-based ELD program and an annual financial report of the use of funds received. CDE will share information received through the data analysis and summary with LEAs and will make the information available to the public on the ELPA Excellence Award website. 

ELPA requires CDE to identify and disseminate practices that have contributed to the success of the Excellence Awardees.  2016-17 Best Practices Reports, CDE synthesized the findings and CDE site visits have been summarized into one ELPA Excellence Award Evaluation Report to highlight the exemplary practices and procedures common to ELPA Excellence Awardees. Beginning with the 2017-18 ELPA Excellence Awards, best practices reports that awardees submit to CDE will be posted on the website in the form they are submitted.

2017-18 District Awardees

  • Academy School District 20
  • Cherry Creek School District 5
  • Cheyenne Mountain School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • East Grand School District 2
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Steamboat Springs School District RE-2
  • Yuma 1

2017-18 Charter School Awardees

  • Belle Creek Charter School
  • DSST Cole High School
  • DSST Conservatory Green Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch High School
  • Flagstaff Charter Academy 
  • KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
  • KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
  • Victory Preparatory Academy Middle State Charter School


2016-17 District Awardees

  • Academy School District 20
  • Cherry Creek School District 5
  • Cheyenne Mountain School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • East Grand School District 2
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Harrison School District 2
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Steamboat Springs School District RE-2

2016-17 Charter School Awardees

  • DSST Cole High School
  • DSST Conservatory Green Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST Stapleton Middle School
  • DSST Stapleton High School
  • KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
  • Stargate Charter School
  • STRIVE Prep-Federal
  • STRIVE Prep-Montbello


2015-16 District Awardees

  • Academy School District 20
  • Cherry Creek School District 5
  • Cheyenne Mountain School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Harrison School District 2
  • Lewis-Palmer School District 38
  • Littleton Public Schools
  • Poudre School District
  • Summit School District RE-1

2015-16 Charter School Awardees

  • Victory Preparatory Academy
  • DSST Cole Middle School
  • DSST College View Middle School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch High School
  • DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle School
  • DSST Stapleton High School
  • DSST Stapleton Middle School
  • KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy
  • STRIVE Prep - Westwood
  • Flagstaff Charter Academy

 

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