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December 2016


Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

School and District request to reconsider process in 2016-17

Preliminary school and district performance frameworks were released to districts on Oct. 4. Final requests for reconsideration were due Nov. 7. CDE staff are reviewing more than  200 requests submitted this year. Superintendents and accountability contacts were sent a confirmation email on Nov. 23 to confirm receipt of submitted requests. If you submitted a request and you or your district's accountability contact did not receive a confirmation, please contact Jessica Knevals, 303-866-6778 or knevals_j@cde.state.co.us, as soon as possible.

Districts will be notified of request decisions in December and CDE anticipates final district ratings will be shared with the State Board of Education during its December meeting. Final school plan types are tentatively scheduled to be approved at the state board's January meeting. Districts will receive notification of CDE's recommendations to the state board prior to the meetings. Thank you for your patience as we work through the increased number of requests we received this year.

ESSA Accountability Spoke Committee/Accountability Work Group

The ESSA Accountability Spoke Committee met three times in November to discuss the ESSA accountability requirements and decision points. The work has culminated in a series of pre-recorded presentations on each decision point under ESSA, along with survey questions for public comment. To review presentations and provide feedback, visit the ESSA State Plan Feedback webpage by Wednesday, Dec. 14. For more information including agendas, minutes and PowerPoints, visit the Accountability Work Group webpage.

Release of student course participation and achievement reports

To begin addressing the significant and chronic achievement gaps in the state, legislators passed House Bill 14-1376 to ensure stakeholders have access to information about student course-taking patterns and their relationship to performance. The statute lays out specific expectations for the state, districts and schools.

CDE was directed to create the Student Course Participation and Achievement Report to assist districts and schools in analyzing course enrollment data. The report is intended to be a detailed view that is password-protected for designated school and district staff. The password-protected reports are now available through the Colorado Education Data Analysis Reporting System, or CEDAR. Please note that CDE is not releasing a public version of the Student Course Participation and Achievement report for 2016 but will release public reports in 2017.

Beginning in 2016-17, schools and districts are required to conduct an analysis of the course enrollment data in their Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) and identify actions if disparities are discovered. 

Additional information about the report and a guidance document is available on the Student Opportunity Gaps webpage.

For questions or feedback about the reports, email accountability@cde.state.co.us or contact Hai Huynh, strategic data advisor, directly at 303-866-3801 or huynh_h@cde.state.co.us. For questions about how to include this analysis in UIPs, contact uip@cde.state.co.us or Lisa Medler, 303-866-6993 or medler_l@cde.state.co.us.

What's on the Horizon

Unified Improvement Planning Submission Dates

Every district and school must submit a revised/updated UIP by April 17 (note: districts and schools with a Performance plan type may submit plans biennially). Plans may be submitted at any time through the online UIP system and publicly posted.  Schools and districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type must submit by Jan. 17. Some allowances may be made for schools on the accountability clock that participate in the request to reconsider process, but must be approved directly through the UIP office. 

View more information here or contact Lisa Steffen, steffen_l@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6676, for assistance.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Dec. 14 or 15: Anticipated presentation of final District Performance Frameworks to State Board of Education

Jan. 11 or 12, 2017: Tentative date for approval of final School Performance Frameworks by State Board of Education

Jan. 15, 2017: Deadline for schools and districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type to submit UIPs through the online UIP system for winter UIP review from CDE

Apr. 15, 2017: All school and district UIPs must be submitted to CDE for posting on SchoolView

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Alyssa Pearson, associate commissioner of Accountability, Performance and Support, 303-866-6855, pearson_a@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability.

Assessments

Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments, English language proficiency assessments, college/career ready assessments and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies that will be given to Colorado students in the 2016-17 academic year. 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).

In 2017, Colorado will administer the Colorado PSAT to 10th-graders and the Colorado SAT to 11th-graders.

What's Happening Now

December District Assessment Coordinator checklist

  • District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) may request expanded or early windows for the spring CMAS and CoAlt assessments through Thursday, Dec. 15. The official state window for CMAS and CoAlt is Apr. 10-28. Expanded window options for online administration of ELA and math (up to six weeks beginning Mar. 13) are available. An early window option is available for high school science (three weeks total) beginning Mar. 27. DACs who did not submit requests during the CMAS trainings should contact Stephanie Boyd at, boyd_s@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6680.

  • Local Education Providers may determine if paper-based testing will be used for the spring CMAS assessments by school, grade and content area. CDE will indicate paper-based testing for organizations in PearsonAccessnext if notification is received from the DAC by Thursday, Dec. 15. DACs should contact Stephanie Boyd, boyd_s@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6849, with questions.

  • Unique Accommodation Requests (UARs) for the CMAS assessments must be submitted to the CDE Assessment Unit by Thursday, Dec. 15. UARs are required for accommodations such as text-to-speech or human reader for ELA (reading the reading assessment to a student) and using a calculator on the non-calculator section of the test. Completed 2016-17 UAR forms, together with the appropriate supporting data, should be submitted to the CDE Assessment Unit by DACs. UARs must be approved by the CDE Assessment Unit before the unique accommodation can be assigned and provided to a student. DACs should contact Mindy Roden, roden_m@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6709, with questions.

Optional College Board “Preparing for the SAT” workshops

Throughout November and December, the College Board will host a series of optional, in-person workshops specifically geared to help educators:

  • Get to know the SAT and SAT Essay
  • Learn about how students can use Khan Academy prior to taking the SAT
  • Explore other College Board benefits like Big Future™ and Roadtrip Nation

Anyone interested and involved in the administration of the Colorado SAT, including district and campus instructional coaches, school administrators, and lead teachers are encouraged to sign up. The workshops are free, but registration is required.

Please use this link to register for any of the workshops, listed below by location.

  • Denver - Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Centennial - Dec. 5, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Golden - Dec. 5, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Boulder - Dec. 8, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Fort Collins - Dec. 8, 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Durango - Dec. 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Steamboat Springs - Dec. 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

Pre-ID Data Extract for CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT

In preparation for the spring assessments, CDE will pull student demographic information from Data Pipeline for the pre-ID extracts. Data for CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10, and CO SAT for the 2016-17 school year will be pulled at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Please see the Student Biographical Data (SBD) Manual for more information on the pre-ID extract and the SBD process in general. DACs and data respondents should contact Melissa Mincic, mincic_m@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6281, or Jasmine Carey, carey_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6634, with questions.

What's on the Horizon

ACCESS for ELLs testing window

The ACCESS for English Language Learners testing window will be Jan. 9 – Feb. 10.  Districts may order additional materials from Thursday, Dec. 15 – Feb. 3.

Review and Update CMAS ELA/Math/Science/Social Studies and CoAlt Science/Social Studies student registrations

Beginning Jan. 9 districts will be able to review and update CMAS (all content areas) and CoAlt Science/Social Studies student registrations that were pre-loaded from Data Pipeline by CDE. Registrations in PearsonAccessnext as of Jan. 27 will determine initial material shipments (e.g., paper tests, accommodations, Test Administrator Manuals).

CMAS office hours

Weekly CMAS Office Hours for DACs begin on Jan. 12, 2017, and will take place at 3 p.m. every Thursday through the end of May. Online call-in office hours provide an opportunity for DACs to ask questions regarding the spring CMAS administration, request demonstrations and communicate with other DACs from across the state.

The webinar link and more information will be provided in the next DAC email.

CMAS Science/Social Studies educator assessment development opportunities

In January and February, CDE and Pearson will be hosting an Item Writing Workshop for Colorado educators.

Participating in the Item Writing Workshop for the science/social studies state assessments is a professional development opportunity for Colorado educators. Serving on committees allows educators to be involved in the creation of the state assessments, broaden their network and hear new ideas from other educators from across the state.

Interested educators need to register for the educator pool; workshop participants will be selected from this pool. Click here to register.

Science workshops will take place on Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 14-15. Social studies workshops will take place on Jan. 12-13 and Feb. 14-15. More details, including locations, to come.

Participating educators will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Those who travel more than 35 miles to the meeting site will be provided with hotel accommodations.  Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided during the meeting, and participants staying overnight will receive a per diem for dinner. Pearson will reimburse schools for the cost of substitute teachers who cover classes. If a substitute is not required because school is out of session, Pearson will pay an honorarium of $120 per day.

Optional Essay for SAT

H.B. 15-1323 provides students the option to take the SAT essay at state expense. This year, students choosing to take the SAT with optional essay will do so on the school test date (Apr. 11 ) or make-up date (Apr. 25).  Adding the optional essay to their SAT exam is a student choice; schools and districts should not make policy decisions that would either encourage or discourage student participation in the SAT essay. 

Students who want to take the SAT essay will need to add it to their school day registration using their College Board online account.  In January, College Board will provide specific directions for schools to share with students. In the meantime, schools are encouraged to be sure that their students know how to set up their free online accounts. A variety of student planning resources, including the link to create or log in to their College Board account, can be found here

Vouchers for online high school students to take SAT

Colorado public online high schools recently received vouchers for their 11th grade students to take the SAT on national test day. To use the voucher, students will register for the SAT through the College Board website. The voucher can be used to register for the SAT or for the SAT with Essay and is only valid for the March 11, 2017 national test date. Students must have a College Board online account in order to register for the exam. The deadline for students to register for the SAT using a voucher is Jan. 15, 2017.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Dec. 15: Deadline for districts to provide information to CDE regarding CMAS ELA, math, science, and social studies testing mode (i.e., paper or online) for schools, grade levels, and content areas

Dec. 15: Completed Unique Accommodation Request (UAR) forms, including supporting data, are due to CDE Assessment Unit

Dec. 15: Deadline for districts to provide information to CDE regarding testing window options for ELA and math (expanded online window) and high school science (early three-week window)

Dec. 16: CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT, and CO SAT pre-ID extracts from Data Pipeline

Jan. 9-27:Last day districts and/or schools may update CMAS and CoAlt student registrations in PearsonAccessnext

Jan. 15: Deadline for online students to register for the March 11th national SAT using a voucher

More Information

For more information on assessment, contact Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, 303-866-6929, zurkowski_j@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment.

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

Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) in Educator Evaluation

Measures of student learning templates for educator evaluation should be completed. Use the MSL Local Examples and Analysis from the Field document to guide your work.

Preparing for the Midyear Review

The User’s Guide for the State Model System highlights the following practices for the midyear: Prior to the beginning of the second semester, the educator being evaluated and the evaluator should review progress toward achieving professional goals and measures of student learning/outcomes. Barriers to completing goals and refining existing goals should be discussed as needed. As a result of this review, every educator should have a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished to achieve performance goals by the end of the year.

For questions or support in conducting midyear reviews, please contact Dawn Pare at pare_d@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-5926.

Comprehensive health and physical education practical ideas guides

A set of practical idea guides provide guidance on using the Colorado State Model Teacher Rubric for evaluating teachers of comprehensive health and physical education who have responsibilities that sometimes differ from those of classroom teachers. The Practical Ideas for Evaluating Physical Education Teachers and the Practical Ideas Guide for Evaluating Comprehensive Health Teachers are intended to help teachers of health and P.E. and their evaluators ensure a rigorous, fair and valid evaluation. To view all of the guides, click here.

CDE will be collecting on-going feedback to improve these guides. To submit your feedback, email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.

Colorado Rubric Review Process - Focus Group Feedback Sessions

The Educator Effectiveness (EE) unit has begun work on a rubric review process starting with the Colorado teacher rubric. The purpose is to provide more efficient rubrics that support coaching and feedback conversations.

The EE team met recently with Colorado educators from around the state with expertise in the rubric to analyze data gathered over time to create a draft for review. The draft rubric is more streamlined, reducing redundancies and providing more clear and precise language of the professional practices and alignment within the elements. 

Conducting regional focus groups to collect feedback on the draft is the next step of the review process. See the sessions and times below to register. More sessions will be offered throughout the state for teachers, principals and district staff, and an opportunity for online feedback will soon be available.

Teacher Revised  Rubric Focus Group Sessions

Thursday, Dec. 8
Northwest BOCES - 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs
Teacher Group A: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Admin Group B:   4 - 5:30 p.m.
Teacher Group C: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Admin Group D:   5:30 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
Colorado Education Association (CEA)
4th floor boardroom, 1500 Grand St., Denver
Focus Group 1: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Focus Group 2: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Focus Group 3: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Focus Group 4: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Western Slope Rubric Revision Focus Groups

Thursday Jan. 5
Grand River Academy - 600 N. 14th St., Grand Junction
Admin Focus Group 1: 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Admin Focus Group 2: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Teacher Focus Group 1: 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Teacher Focus Group 2: 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 6
Grand River Academy - 600 N 14th St., Grand Junction
Teacher Focus Group 3: 6:30 - 8 a.m.
Admin Focus Group 3: 7:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Admin Focus Group 4: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Admin Focus Group 5: 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

 

Interested in becoming an approved evaluator training provider on the Colorado State Model Evaluation System for the 2017-18 school year?

The purpose of approved evaluator training providers is to allow districts using the State Model Evaluation System the opportunity to use evaluator designees when evaluating teachers, principals or specialized service professionals. Evaluator designees do not hold a principal or administrator’s license and must therefore be certified by an approved evaluator training provider to conduct evaluations. Applications for becoming an approved evaluator training provider on the Colorado State Model Evaluation System are accepted annually and the window has opened. To learn more about the application process and timeline, visit our Becoming an Evaluator Training Provider webpage.

For questions contact Courtney Cabrera at cabrera_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-2332. 

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 on Educator Effectiveness, contact Dawn Pare, director of Educator Effectiveness, 303-866-5926, pare_d@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatoreffectiveness.

ESSA

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. States, including Colorado, are tasked with developing a state plan. 

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

What's Happening Now

Colorado state plan and stakeholder engagement

The Colorado Department of Education will begin a process for the public to provide feedback to the ESSA drafts through an online survey. Of particular importance are comments related to specific ESSA decision points and those related to new ESSA programs, new program flexibility and substantive changes to programsRespondents will begin to be able to make comments with the Accountability and Standards Spoke Committees through Wednesday, Dec. 14. Additional feedback windows will be announced in the ESSA e-newsletter and posted to our ESSA Feedback Schedule and Submission webpage on a rolling basis. This will ensure CDE has adequate time to review the comments, incorporate them as appropriate and prepare a final draft for review by the State Board of Education.

Colorado State Board of Education pushes back deadline for submitting ESSA state plan

The Colorado State Board of Education agreed at its November meeting to delay the submission of the state’s ESSA plan for about a month. Board Chairman Steve Durham set a new deadline of April 30, which was approved unanimously by the rest of the board. The new time frame will give more time for thoughtful development and meaningful public comment. http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/20161109newsrelease

ESSA Hub Committee November meeting

The Hub Committee assigned to oversee development of the state’s ESSA plans met Nov. 7. The committee heard presentations about the law's requirements, opportunities and decision points regarding Standards and Title programs as outlined in the federal law. You can view the Hub Committee presentation on CDE's ESSA State Plan Development webpage.

CDE submitted comments on proposed regulations for ESSA – Title I Supplement, Not Supplant

USDOE released proposed regulations for the Title I, supplement not supplant provision of ESSA. These rules will have an impact on how the Title I program is administered at the state and local level. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register on Sept. 6 and are available here. CDE submitted comments on the proposed rules on Nov. 4. You can read the comments CDE submitted here

ESSA Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education:

The U.S. Dept. of Education recently released:

CDE’s ESSA E-Newsletter

For updates on ESSA and for notifications of future opportunities for involvement, please subscribe to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) E-Newsletter - "ESSA in Colorado."

What's on the Horizon

ESSA Hub Committee Extended December Meeting

The Hub committee will meet Monday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the State Board of Education board room, 201 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver.

The committee will hear presentations about requirements, opportunities and decision points regarding Accountability, Assessment, School Improvement, and Effective Instruction and Leadership as outlined in the federal law. The meetings are open to the public audio will be streamed live. Click on the "Listen Live!” button on the ESSA webpage.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Patrick Chapman, executive director for Federal Programs, at 303-866-6780 or chapman_p@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/essa

Organizational Effectiveness

There are many important dates in December for data collection, including due dates for the directory, student end of year, student October, migrant and December finance. Also the extract for CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT assessments will be executed on Friday, Dec. 16. 

What's Happening Now

Directory

Non-Public school forms and new school board members should be updated within Data Pipeline by Friday, Dec. 2. Districts may begin requesting school codes for the 2017-18 school year.

End of Year

The Student End of Year post cross LEA validation process in which Local Education Agencies (LEAs) verify transfers and dropouts within Colorado concludes Thursday, Dec. 1.  Final approval deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 7. The 2015-16 Graduation and Dropout rates are embargoed from public release until Jan. 19.

Student October

Student October signature pages are due Thursday, Dec. 8. This information is embargoed from public release until Jan. 12.

Migrant

Thursday, Dec. 15, is the last day for migrant regions to enter all required data elements into the New Generation System (NGS) for all eligible migrant students recruited, counted and served by programs for 2015-16 school year.  Migrant regional programs may not enter student data into the NGS between Monday, Dec. 19, and Jan. 9.

CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT. 

The pre-ID extract for CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT assessments will occur Friday, Dec. 16. Data will be pulled from untagged student files. Data will be pulled from Student October for those local education agencies which do not have untagged student files.

2015-16 December Finance

December Finance collection is open. Please note that the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 submissions, audits and related material are due to the Department on or before Saturday, Dec. 31.  If this deadline cannot be met, please file for an audit extension with the Office of the State Auditor. Additionally, there is a requirement for each LEA to post FY 2015-2016 financial data on their financial transparency webpage no later than March 1.

Human Resources

Staff interchange files are open and snapshots may be taken. Please note that there is a recommended Thursday, Dec. 15, deadline to have all staff data included in the interchange files and be error free.

Special Education December Count

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and staff interchange files may currently be submitted. The December Count collection is open for snapshots. Thursday, Dec. 15, is the date by which all IEP Child/Participation and Staff Profile/Assignment level 1 interchange errors must be resolved.  

Teacher Student Data Link

The 2016-17 TSDL interchange files are now open for submission.

What's on the Horizon

Student October results will be released Jan. 12 and 2015-16 End of Year results will be released a week later on Jan. 19.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Dec. 2:  Directory non-public school forms and school board member updates due

Dec. 7:  Student End of Year final approval deadline

Dec. 8:  Student October signature pages due

Dec. 15: Last day for migrant regions to enter all required data elements in NGS

Dec. 15:  December Count IEP Child/Participation and Staff Profile/Assignment interchange errors resolved

Dec. 16:  CMAS, CoAlt, CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT pre-ID extract

Dec. 31:  December Finance approval deadline

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, petro_j@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/datapipeline

Postsecondary Readiness

What's Happening Now

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

What's on the Horizon

Upcoming School Counselor Corps Grant RFP

The 2017-18 School Counselor Corps Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) will be available on Jan. 11 to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for funding for school-based counseling in secondary schools. 

This RFP will be released but is contingent upon enacting pending appropriations to the School Counselor Corps program for the 2017-18 school year.  Note: If the additional funding is not appropriated, new grant awards will not be made for the 2017-18 school year. 

Anticipated level of funding available for the 2017-18 school year will be approximately $500,000, for about 15 grant awards. The first year of the four-year grant cycle individual awards will range between $25,000 and $50,000 with a focus on program development, needs assessment and direct services.  In the second, third, and fourth years of the grant, up to $80,000 could be awarded per school. Priority consideration will be given to LEAs that have not been previously funded. Middle and high schools are encouraged to apply with their “feeder” school(s) (if applicable).

For additional program information, visit the School Counselor Corps Grant Program webpage.

For questions, contact Eva Pugh, grant coordinator, at pugh_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-4123.
 

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Misti Ruthven, director of Postsecondary Readiness, 303-866-6206, ruthven_m@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary.

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Standards

Provide Feedback on the Colorado Academic Standards through the Online Standards Review System:

CDE is seeking input to develop its plan to guide the upcoming standards review and revision process. In November, the department launched an online standards review system to allow all Coloradoans to provide specific feedback on each and every expectation within all 10 content areas of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). The online system will accept feedback through Saturday, Dec. 31, and can be found here.

The results of the survey and feedback will inform CDE's planning for the upcoming review and revision of the standards, required by Senate Bill 08-212, known as Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The law requires a review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards on or before July 1, 2018, and every six years thereafter.

In early 2017, CDE will provide comprehensive information about the timeline and phases of the standards review and revision process as well as information about how to become involved.  This will begin robust public engagement throughout the state and through social media. Those interested can receive regular updates on the standards review and revision process. Sign up here.

For more information about the standards revision process, contact Karol Gates, director of Standards and Instructional Support at 303-866-6576, gates_k@cde.state.co.us or visit the CAS review and revision webpage.

The READ Act

Regional Early Literacy Support Available:

The Office of Literacy has seven regional technical assistants available to provide no-cost support to schools and districts to advance early literacy. The assistants can support school and district leaders with interpretation of reading data, professional development through coaching and modeling and alignment of goals for improving reading outcomes. For questions, contact your regional technical assistant

For more information about early literacy support, contact Alisa Dorman, executive director of Literacy, at 303-866-6016, dorman_a@cde.state.co.us or visit the Colorado READ Act webpage.   

What's on the Horizon

Kindergarten School Readiness Data Reporting

Senate Bill 08-212, CAP4K requires the annual reporting of the kindergarten levels of school readiness. In March 2016, the Colorado State Board of Education approved the data reporting elements for kindergarten school readiness. The first data collection is anticipated in the fall of the 2017-18 school year.   

Over the past few months, CDE has worked through the data collection and reporting process that districts will use. A kindergarten school readiness data reporting fact sheet is available for districts to review, featuring information about school readiness data reporting requirements by law, as well as information about the data reporting pilot occurring this school year.

CDE will provide more information about the reporting process through district school readiness contacts and Data Pipeline Town Hall meetings throughout the winter and spring.

For more information about the School Readiness Initiative, contact Emily Kielmeyer, Kindergarten School Readiness program manager at 720-822-0640, kielmeyer_e@cde.state.co.us or visit the School Readiness webpage

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, colsman_m@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/teachingandlearning.

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