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Welcome to the new CDE Update! Each month, this snapshot will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources. This new online format will allow you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information. The Update will also still be sent via email but in a condensed format.

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September 2016

Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Matriculation Guidance and FAQ

CDE has prepared a guidance document to help explain a new sub-indicator in the District and School Performance Frameworks that reflects the number of high school graduates who enroll in a career and technical education program, community college or four-year institution of higher learning after graduation. The sub-indicator is part of the post-secondary and workforce indicator in the accountability frameworks and is required after a 2015 law was passed to encourage matriculation of high school graduates into various post‐secondary opportunities, including higher education and career and technical education (CTE) programs. The matriculation sub-indicator will be used this fall for the first time. The document is available here.

School and District Request to Reconsider Process in 2016-17

CDE staff will be available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process this fall. Tentatively, the draft request to reconsider will be due to CDE on Oct. 13, with final requests due on Nov. 7.  Dates are subject to change per the release of the preliminary frameworks. If a school or district would like assistance reviewing any local data in the interim, please sign up at or contact Jessica Knevals at or 303-866-6778. Guidance on the request to reconsider is available here.

Alternative Education Campuses Approved for the 2016-17 School Year

On Aug. 10, the State Board of Education approved schools for Alternative Education Campus (AEC) status for the 2016-17 school year. Thank you to districts who submitted additional information on their application(s) to the department and/or participated in in-person application reviews with CDE. The full list of AECs for the 2016-17 school year can be found here.

Accountability for AECs (1 CCR 301-57) Notice of Rulemaking

On Aug. 10, the State Board of Education approved the notice of rule-making for Accountability for Alternative Education Campuses (1 CCR 301-57).  Echoing recommendations from the AEC Accountability Work Group last fall, HB16-1429 lowered the high-risk percentage of students required for AEC status from 95 percent to 90 percent, and additionally, made some modifications to high-risk indicators. The rules are being updated to align with changes in HB16-1429. The board requests input on whether the rules should refer to the state statute, C.R.S. 22-7-604.5 for definitions of the high-risk indicators, or if it’s important to explicitly repeat these high-risk indicators in board rule again with the same language as state statute. The board would appreciate feedback on those in the form of comments.

The notice of rule-making can be found here. The rule-making hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the State Board of Education room at 201 E. Colfax in Denver. Written comment to these rules can be sent by email to recommended deadline for written comments is Wednesday, Oct. 5 to allow adequate time for staff to review and incorporate comments into the rules. However, written comments will be accepted up to and including the day of the hearing. Oral testimony may be provided at the rule-making hearing on Oct. 12. 

For any questions regarding this notice of rule-making, please contact the State Board Relations Office at CDE,

Preliminary Pre‐Populated Unified Improvement Plans

The Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) template for the 2016-17 school year is now available in the online system. The pre-populated report (which explains requirements tailored to the school/district) is expected to be completed in October after the release of the performance frameworks, but program specific requirements (e.g., READ Act, Gifted Education program) will be available in September. UIPs can be accessed through the Identity Management System after the district local access manager (LAM) has assigned the appropriate user role. As a reminder, all schools and districts are expected to use the online UIP system moving forward. CDE is no longer providing the Microsoft Word template, nor is the Tracker system available.  Personalized assistance is available; contact Lisa Steffen (   Additional information is also available on CDE’s UIP webpage.

Accountability and Family Partnership Contacts Reminder

Any superintendents still needing to update Accountability and Family Partnership Contacts should submit updated contact information as soon as possible.

Contact Kelly Stritzinger at or 303-866-6108 with any questions.

What's on the Horizon

Preliminary School and District Framework Release

The preliminary School and District Performance Frameworks are expected to be available to districts at the end of September. Timelines for the request to reconsider process and final framework release will be adjusted accordingly, but tentatively drafts will be due Oct.13 and final requests will due Nov. 7. CDE is prioritizing accurate, usable data for the preliminary release. If an unexpected data issue arises, the release may be delayed. We will keep accountability contacts and superintendents aware of any changes to the timeline.

UIP Fall Trainings

With the expectation that UIPs are to be completed in the online system, CDE is offering training sessions on the online system. For scheduling and training questions please contact Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642. For additional details on sessions and dates visit the UIP training webpage

Accountability Fall Trainings

CDE will be offering training sessions on the 2016 School and District Performance Frameworks in addition to support around the Accountability Clock. For scheduling and training questions please contact Dan Jorgensen at or 303-866-6763. For additional details on sessions and dates see the UIP training and support webpage.  


Important Upcoming Deadlines

  • Mid-October: Pre-populated reports (Section I) will be available on a rolling basis throughout the year, with all information available by mid-October. The online UIP system is accessible through the Identity Management System
  • Oct. 13:  Tentative due date for requests to reconsider drafts for CDE technical assistance.
  • Oct. 15: (Optional) Deadline for districts Accredited with Priority Improvement and Turnaround plans and Tiered Intervention Grant (TIG) schools to submit UIPs through the UIP Online System for a fall UIP (Data Narrative) review from CDE.
  • Oct. 15: (Optional) Deadline for districts and schools to submit 2015-16 revised UIPs through the UIP Online System for the fall public posting on SchoolView.
  • Nov. 7:  Tentative due date for final requests to reconsider.

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Alyssa Pearson, Interim Associate Commissioner of Accountability, Performance and Support, 303- 866-6855,, or visit


Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments (CMAS) English language proficiency assessments (ACCESS), college/career ready assessments (PSAT10 and SAT) and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities (CoAlt). 

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies. The science and social studies tests were developed by Colorado, while the math and English language arts tests were developed in collaboration with other states through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers (PARCC).


What's Happening Now

Public Release of Assessment Results 

School- and district-level overall results and participation levels from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) English language arts and math tests measuring the Colorado Academic Standards were released Thursday, Sept. 1. State level results were released on Aug. 11. In past years, the Colorado Department of Education has released achievement and growth results at the same time, as the department believes that both are important to consider in understanding the performance of a school or district. Due to the transition to CMAS/PARCC, CDE is still working on finalizing the growth calculations and does not yet have those results ready. CDE expects to release growth reports by mid/end of September publicly.



CMAS Individual Student Reports

Districts should have received their Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) individual student reports (ISRs) at the end of August.

Please send one copy of each ISR home to parents/guardians and keep the second copy on file at the student’s school.

PDF versions of the Spring 2016 PARCC Individual Student Reports (ISR), District Summary Reports, and School Roster Reports are available to download from PearsonAccessnext. Access to reports is based on user role permissions.  District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) who are unable to access the electronic reports should contact Stephanie Boyd (

Translated report shells of the PARCC ISR are available on the CDE CMAS: English Language Arts and Mathematics (PARCC) Data and Results page ( 

District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and District Technology Coordinators (DTCs) Appointments

Each district must have a DAC and a DTC appointed by the superintendent. These individuals serve as CDE’s assessment unit’s main contact points with the district throughout the school year.

A list of current DACs and the DAC Appointment Form may be found here:

Monthly Assessment Unit DAC Office Hours

  • CMAS: Sept. 15 
  • CoAlt: Sept. 26

CDE in Partnership with WestEd, is offering a new and improved Formative Assessment Insights course for 2016-2017 school year

This digital professional learning experience for teachers in Colorado is designed to help them improve their use of formative assessment practices to support deeper learning for all students. This course will benefit local education agencies (LEAs) that are looking to systemically build coherence and shared understanding of assessment for learning. Teachers will have the opportunity to strengthened their practice and collaborate with others over six months. The total cost of this course is $120 per teacher which includes:

  • Access to the course for the school year

  • Leaders’ Lookout, an online resource to support leaders in their learning

  • Technology support

  • An in-person convening for instructional leaders (district, principals, coaches) with Margaret Heritage hosted by CDE

  • Certificate of completion process

For more information about this course, click here. If you’re interested in this course, contact Angela Landrum,, 303-866-6931. 

Back-to-school toolkit materials - Now in Spanish!

In early August, CDE shared a Back-to-School Toolkit for districts and schools to use as they communicate with parents about the state tests results.

Spanish materials are now available and include:

  • What to expect for the 2016-17 school year
  • Understanding score reports for English language arts and math tests
  • How to use the test results to support your student
  • English Language arts & math sample score reports (also available in nine other languages)
  • Frequently asked questions

Share these materials with parents during parent information events, in newsletters or during parent teacher conferences. Provide translated sample score reports to parents before they receive their student’s report so they know what to expect and how to understand the new reports.

In addition, new materials have been added to the toolkit including: key messages, drop-in articles and a Prezi presentation with a script.

To access all toolkit materials, visit the CDE Communications Tools webpage.

What's on the Horizon


In-person DAC regional trainings for spring 2017 assessment administrations will be held this fall. Exact locations and registering information will be shared with districts assessment coordinator

  • ACCESS: Oct. 17 – 24
    • October 17 – Denver (Golden)
    • October 18 – Greeley
    • October 20 – Limon
    • October 21 – Pueblo
    • October 24  – Montrose
  • CoAlt: Oct. 27 – Nov. 10
    • October 27 - Greeley
    • October 28 - Denver
    • November 2 – Alamosa
    • November 3 – La Junta
    • November 4 – CO Springs
    • November 7 – Grand Junction
    • November 8 – Glenwood Springs
    • November 10 – Limon
  • CMAS: Nov. 8 – 18
    • November 8 – Grand Junction
    • November 9 – Carbondale
    • November  11– Brush
    • November 14 – Alamosa
    • November 15 – La Junta
    • November 16 – Colorado Springs
    • November 17 – Limon
    • November 18 – Metro (Golden)

In-person regional trainings for spring 2017 assessment administrations

  • CMAS: Nov. 8 – 18
  • CoAlt: Oct. 27 – Nov. 10
  • ACCESS: Oct. 17 – 24

ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) Pre-ID data pull for 2016-17 testing will take place in November. A specific date will be announced at a later time.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Monthly Assessment Unit DAC Office Hours

  • CMAS: Oct. 20
  • CoAlt: Oct. 17

More Information

For more information on assessment, contact Joyce Zurkowski, executive director of Assessment, 303-866-6760,, or visit

Educator Effectiveness

Classroom teaching and school leadership are the strongest school-based factors impacting student achievement. CDE supports the state’s 178 school districts to attract, prepare and assist great educators as a part of meeting the requirements of S.B.10-191, the Great Teachers and Leaders Act.

What's Happening Now

Colorado State Model Tools and Materials Guide

This "one-stop" document provides a brief description of each resource to support implementation of the educator evaluation system. It is organized by topic and the intended audience.

Thinking about ways to fine-tune your evaluation process for the 2016-17 school year? 

Use the Opportunities for Differentiation in the State Model Evaluation System: Guiding Questions and District Examples to learn about ways districts are making evaluations work for them. Use this graphic to organize the process and schedule times for evaluators and those being evaluated to meet.

Using the School and District Performance Framework in Educator Evaluations

Preliminary School and District Performance Frameworks (SPF/DPF) are scheduled to be released to districts by the end of September or early October. The Educator Effectiveness unit will release a new "Using Colorado School/District Performance Frameworks in an Educator’s Body of Evidence for Evaluation" guidance upon the release of the new SPF/DPFs. The current guidance document is still appropriate, but minor changes will be made based on the new cut points which have not yet been established. 

For more information, or for help in customizing your use of the SPF/DPF, contact Sed Keller at 720-666-2307 or

CDE Seeking Induction Contact Information for Districts/BOCES

CDE seeks to empower and support Local Education Agencies (LEAs) as they plan and implement comprehensive induction and mentoring programs for new educators (teacher, principals, administrators and specialized service professionals) and are aligned with state statute and rule. As the alignment of the approval and renewal process of State Approved Induction Programs to state guidelines occurs, CDE is asking each district/BOCES to provide a primary contact for induction. Please complete this short questionnaire to provide your organization’s main contact around induction.

As additional resources and support around educator induction programs become available, CDE will use the identified person as the main contact for each district/BOCES.

For questions, contact Mary Bivens at or 303-866-5194.

What's on the Horizon

Announcing a Colorado Teacher Rubric Revision Process

The Educator Effectiveness unit will soon be embarking on a rubric revision process for the Colorado teacher rubric. We are working with WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development and service agency, to develop a timeline for benchmarks and establish a focus group protocol to gather input from the field. The intent is to learn as much as possible this school year to revise the rubric for a pilot in the 2017-18 school year. More information soon.

Contact Dawn Pare, or 303-866-5926, if you are interested in participating or learning more about this project.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on Educator Effectiveness, contact Dawn Pare, director of Educator Effectiveness, 303-866-5926, or visit


In December of 2015, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States, including Colorado, are tasked with developing a state plan.  As the first stage of the state's ESSA listening tour winds down, the Colorado Department of Education is shifting its focus to developing a draft of the state's ESSA plan and the committee, vetting, and continued stakeholder engagement work that will support it. 

For more information on the continuing work of developing Colorado's ESSA State Plan, click here.

What's Happening Now

ESSA e-Newsletter "ESSA in Colorado" unveiled

The Colorado Department of Education unveiled a e-Newsletter that will keep people up to date on the various ongoing efforts to draft a new state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As Colorado works on drafting the state's plan to implement ESSA, this periodic e-newsletter will provide updates on major developments, including information about the work of the hub and spoke committees, as well as important actions by the Colorado Department of Education, State Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education.The first publication was released Aug. 22 and the publication will be released periodically as news develops. For updates on this work and to be notified of future opportunities for involvement, interested parties are encouraged to subscribe to the Every Student Succeeds Act E-Newsletter -- "ESSA in Colorado." 



What's on the Horizon

ESSA Central Hub Committee to meet on Sept. 12

The central ESSA Hub Committee is scheduled to hold its second meeting at noon, Sept. 12, in the State Board of Education Board Room at 201 E. Colfax, Denver. The agenda for the meeting will be posted here, as well as minutes from past meetings and a schedule of coming meetings.

ESSA Spoke Committees

The goal of each spoke committee will be to address state plan requirements in the draft of their ESSA plan section; thoroughly review drafts with constituency groups as needed and appropriate; consider and respond to feedback from ESSA listening tour; and provide updates to, and review plans with, the ESSA hub committee throughout the submission process.  The Colorado Department of Education will designate as many members as required to adequately staff and participate in the committee structure.

The spoke committees will be organized around the proposed USDE rules for state plan requirements

*Please note: Preliminary spoke committee membership lists have been posted for most spoke committees and finalized lists are expected in early September. Please check back for more information and subscribe to our ESSA E-Newsletter to receive updates when new, important content is posted*

Each spoke committee will be led by a team of CDE staff members and utilize existing committees and groups as needed with the option to add new members as appropriate and necessary.

Critical Review Partnerships for Plan Development

CDE’s goal is to develop an ESSA plan that is understood and can be publicly supported by all. In addition to the organizations listed in the hub committee, we will review plans, as they are developed with a variety of groups that have a broad array of perspectives.  If you are interested in being added to our list of critical review partners to provide feedback on state plan drafts and decision points, please submit your contact information via the following link

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Jessica Hollingshead, executive director of support for Federal Programs, at 303-866-5061 or or visit

Organizational Effectiveness

The Organizational Effectiveness section emphasizes deadlines for data submissions. 


What's Happening Now

Integrated Timelines

Integrated timelines have been created to help guide Colorado superintendents and principals through key implementation work occurring during the 2016-17 school year. The timeline includes the main tasks associated with implementing the standards, assessments, educator evaluations and accountability requirements. 

The integrated timelines include major activities, broken out quarterly and by phase of implementation. Guiding questions for each quarter are included to help identify focus points and strategies. View the integrated timelines here,

End of Year

The Student End of Year snapshot for 2015-16 is open. Submission of regular process End of Year snapshots is required for all districts by Sept. 15. Validation processes will occur between Sept. 26 and Dec. 1. Final approval deadline is Dec. 7.

Special Education End of Year

The snapshot is open and final data file approval and report submission will occur Oct. 6. Administrative units must complete an error-free snapshot by Sept. 16 in preparation for the duplication process which will be conducted between Sept. 19 and 28.

2015-16 December Finance

This collection is open and is due Dec. 31.

Student October

The Student October snapshot will open Sept. 1. Please note that the 2016-17 official Student October count date will be Wednesday, Oct. 5. This rare instance has occurred because the first day of October is a Saturday, and Monday and Tuesday are a part of Rosh Hashanah, a religious holiday. Sept. 15 is the deadline by which to request an Alternate Count Date from the Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST). The legislated deadline for snapshot approval is Nov. 10, at which time the duplicate count procedures will commence. Final approval is due Nov. 29.

Human Resources

Staff interchange files may be submitted to the Data Pipeline beginning Sept. 1.

Special Education December Count

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and staff interchange files may be submitted beginning Sept. 1.


Non-public schools may be entered into Data Pipeline beginning Oct. 3. This collection will close Dec. 2.

What's on the Horizon

Special Education End of Year will close Oct. 6.  The nonpublic schools Data Pipeline collection will open in early October.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Sept. 15:  Deadline for the initial approval of Student End of Year

Sept. 15:  Requests for an Alternative Count Date due to FAST

Oct. 5:  Official Student October Count date

Oct. 6:  Special Education End of Year due date

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, or visit

Postsecondary Readiness

Applications for Advanced Placement Incentives Program are due Sept. 30.

One-time grant opportunity by the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program, due by Oct. 26.

What's Happening Now

Advanced Placement Incentives Program

Apply for the Advanced Placement (AP) Incentives Program for the 2016-17 school year. Applications are due Sept. 30, 2016 by 4 p.m. The intent of the AP Incentives is to expand and implement AP programming in rural and small rural schools. CDE has chosen to give priority to schools with a Free and Reduced Lunch percentage above state average. 


One-time grant opportunity offered by the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program

A one-time, request for proposal (RFP) will be released in September through the Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement with an anticipated due date of Oct. 26. Approximately $1 million in funding from the Expelled and At-Risk Student Service grant program will be distributed to encourage restorative practices in accordance with state statute. This one-time, 18-month grant will support both a planning process and a phase for implementation or expansion of school-based restorative practices in response to student misconduct. Details on the grant will be posted on the Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement website by Sept. 14.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Mary Anne Hunter, Postsecondary Pathways Coordinator, 303-866-6596,, or visit

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now


ESSA Standards Spoke Committee Participation

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support will be supporting the Standards Spoke Committee for Colorado’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan. Membership for the Spoke Committee is being finalized and work will begin on the standards section of the ESSA state plan in September. To become involved in the committee or to follow its work, please visit the Standards Spoke Committee webpage

For more information about the ESSA Standards Spoke Committee, contact Melissa Colsman, executive director of Teaching and Learning, at 303-866-6737 or

For more information about Colorado’s ESSA state plan development process, please visit the ESSA plan development webpage.


Early Learning and School Readiness

Ready Schools Grant Available 

The application for the new Ready Schools Grant Program is now available. The intent of this program is to provide funding to districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), district charter schools or institute charter schools to continue development of their approach to school readiness. Approximately $350,000 is available for 2016-17. Awards are expected to range from $4,000 to $25,000 per grantee based on district needs and activities. CDE anticipates awarding between 20 and 30 Ready Schools grants. Applications will be due Wednesday, Sept. 7. For grant application details, please visit the school readiness homepage.

For more information about the School Readiness Initiative, Teaching Strategies MOU implementation or the Ready Schools Grant, contact Emily Kielmeyer, acting Kindergarten School Readiness Program manager, 720-822-0640 or

Kindergarten Parent Video and Picture Opt-In Information for Teaching Strategies GOLD 

In December 2015, the Colorado State Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Teaching Strategies regarding use of the GOLD® assessment for kindergarten school readiness. The MOU includes additional privacy safeguards for the assessment tool to ensure even greater levels of student data privacy.   Also, the MOU streamlines the assessment process for kindergarten teachers by reducing the number of required assessment items within the first 60 days. Finally, beginning in SY 2016-17, parents of kindergartners are required to actively opt-in to the use of photograph and/or video documentation for their child within the online system; this provision does NOT apply to preschool. 

Implementation of the documentation opt-in provision for this school year will not be managed by CDE or Teaching Strategies, but at the district level to allow for maximum local flexibility. Districts may manually opt-in, or turn on the Documentation functionality, at the classroom-level, but must limit the use of the feature to children whose parents have opted in to its use.  Larger districts may submit a written request to Teaching Strategies to activate this feature for their entire system. However, these districts will still be responsible for limiting use to approved children. Please contact Kelly Cochrane at for assistance.  

New Colorado Data Privacy Law and District Contracts with Teaching Strategies

As CDE works to analyze, interpret and comply with the new Colorado Data Privacy Law (C.R.S. 22-16-101 et. al. formerly HB16-1423), we will be providing resources to assist the other parties who have obligations under the law in fulfilling those requirements. As a part of this process, CDE is working with Teaching Strategies to develop sample language to address new data privacy requirements that districts may consider using as they finalize their 2016-17 contracts. As the sample language is available, CDE will notify district school readiness contacts and post information on the school readiness webpage: For more information about state policies and resources for data privacy and security, please visit:

 If you have questions about the contract language, please contact Melissa Colsman at or 303-866-6737.

Kindergarten School Readiness Training Available 

Customized training and support is available for kindergarten teachers and elementary principals for the kindergarten school readiness initiative from CDE staff. The Kindergarten School Readiness team at CDE consists of experienced early childhood and early elementary educators who are available to provide support to teachers across the state through the duration of the state’s Early Learning Challenge grant. 

For more information about the School Readiness Initiative, contact Emily Kielmeyer, acting Kindergarten School Readiness Program manager, 720-822-0640 or


Learning Supports

Bullying Prevention Grant Program

Passage of Proposition BB in November of 2015 provided funding for a bullying prevention and education grant program that was authorized by the Colorado legislature in 2011. The Office of Learning Supports at CDE will be supporting this grant program and is initiating a call for proposals. Approximately $2.9 million is available for the 2016-17 fiscal year for approximately 50 schools. Funds will be awarded by CDE no later than Jan. 20, 2017. 

An informational webinar will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. To participate in the webinar, click here. Letters of intent for the grant will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

For more information about the Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program, contact Adam Collins, bullying grant coordinator, at 303-866-6622, or visit the program webpage.

State Personnel Development Grant

The Office of Learning Supports is happy to announce that Colorado has just received a State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), which is designed to increase the innovation at state agencies and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. This grant may be used to improve systems of professional development, technical assistance, and/or dissemination of knowledge about best practices.

Colorado’s SPDG will be focused on the scale-up of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports across Colorado (CO-MTSS), with five major goals: (1) increase state leadership capacity for CO-MTSS; (2) increase regional and district leadership capacity for CO-MTSS; (3) increase preschool-12, school level capacity for CO-MTSS; (4) support teacher effectiveness in the classroom; and (5) increase family, school and community partnering.                                                         

Through participation in this program, participants will establish or refine MTSS Leadership Teams (MLTs), receive technical assistance from CDE Implementation Consultants (ICs), and use a problem-solving process to improve systems, data, and practices that lead to positive student outcomes. MLTs may also receive fiscal support to reimburse costs associated with the implementation of their efforts. 

An application training webinar recording is available on the MTSS homepage. Applications will be due Wednesday, Oct. 19. 

For more information about the SPDG, contact Scott Ross, director of learning supports, at 303-866-6853, or visit the SPDG webpage


The READ Act

Regional READ Act Meetings 

This fall, the Office of Literacy will host a series of regional meetings to support districts and schools with continuous improvement for implementation of the Colorado READ Act. These meetings are intended to provide participants with updates on statewide efforts to reduce reading deficiencies, lessons learned from early implementation efforts, and information about statutory reporting requirements. The target audience for these trainings includes individuals responsible for READ Act implementation including curriculum and assessment directors, READ Respondents, elementary principals and superintendents and/or their designee(s).

The September meetings will be 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Northwest BOCES in Steamboat Springs; 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at Mesa State University in Grand Junction and 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Summit Schools Central Administration Building in Frisco. South Central meetings will be 9 a.m. Sept. 19 at Durango Public Schools Board Room, 9 a.m. Sept 20 at the San Luis BOCES in Alamosa, 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at East Central BOCES in Limon and 9 a.m. Sept 23 at the Lamar Public Library.

To register for the meetings, please click here

For more information about the regional READ Act meetings, contact Alisa Dorman, executive director of literacy, at 303-866-6016, or visit the READ Act homepage.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Melissa Colsman, executive director of Teaching and Learning, 303-866-6737, or visit

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