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ESSU Data Management System (DMS)
The Data Management System (DMS) is a single sign-on system that assists Administrative Units (AUs) in meeting accountability requirements for Special Education.
Ascend Help Desk
Contact Ascend: 303-265-7011
Email Ascend: email@example.com
Username: Full Email Address
Forgot Password: Reset and generate a temporary password
If you continue to have difficulties logging on to the DMS, please contact your AU LAM (Local Access Manager)
- For all other DMS questions, Email DMS
In response to feedback from the field, CDE made the decision to non-renew the contract with AnLar for the Ascend IEP system. To that end, Ascend will no longer be available as of July 1, 2022. Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, CDE will flow through IDEA dollars that would have been expended on the state-sponsored IEP system to AUs. These funds may be used on any IDEA allowable activities, including the purchase of an electronic IEP system. However, please note that there is no requirement that these funds be used by an AU to purchase an electronic IEP system. The CDE will continue to contract with AnLar for the DMS.
AU staff responsible for working in the DMS should try logging into the new DMS as soon as possible to ensure that there are no login issues. If AU staff do have issues logging into the Ascend DMS, please reach out to your AU LAM (Local Access Manager). If your LAM can not resolve the issue, please reach out to Josh Fails
Data Management System (DMS)
Getting Started: Overview of the Ascend DMS
Identity Management System (IMS)
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