Dec. 12, 2013
State board approves school plan type assignments
The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11. Highlights from the meeting include:
School Plan Type Assignments
The department saw the percentage of schools assigned Performance and Turnaround Plans increased slightly, while those with Priority Improvement and Improvement Plans decreased, as measured through the School Performance Frameworks. Schools receive one of the following plan type assignments, from highest- to lowest-performing:
1. Performance Plan: The school meets or exceeds statewide attainment on the performance indicators and is required to adopt and implement a Performance Plan.
2. Improvement Plan: The school approaches or meets statewide attainment on the performance indicators and is required to adopt and implement an Improvement Plan.
3. Priority Improvement Plan: The school does not meet statewide attainment on the performance indicators and is required to adopt and implement a Priority Improvement Plan.
4. Turnaround Plan: The school does not meet statewide attainment on the performance indicators and is required to adopt and implement a Turnaround Plan.
In all, 1,540 of the state’s public schools (90.2 percent in all) were assigned a “Performance Plan” or “Improvement Plan.” One hundred nineteen public schools (7 percent) were assigned a “Priority Improvement Plan” and 49 were assigned a “Turnaround Plan” (2.9 percent). These results do not include Alternative Education Campuses, which are assigned ratings based on the Alternative Education Campus School Performance Frameworks.
The majority of schools received the same plan type in 2013 as they did in 2012 (78 percent). 10.1 percent of schools increased one or more plan type levels from 2012 to 2013, while 11.8 percent of schools dropped one or more levels.
All schools and districts are required to submit an improvement plan annually. CDE reviews all Priority Improvement and Turnaround Plans. The plans include trends, root causes, targets, improvement strategies, resources, interim measures and implementation benchmarks. The 2013 school and district improvement plans will be posted in SchoolView.
Districts are required to accredit their own schools, in some cases using a performance framework that may be similar to the state methodology. For a complete list of district accreditation ratings and school plan types, visit SchoolView or http://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/performanceframeworkresults.
Transitioning to New Assessments & the Impact on Accountability
Staff provided an update on the transition to new state assessments and the impact on school/district accountability systems during the transition period. To view the presentation, click here.
READ Act Interim Assessment Recommendations
Staff presented interim reading assessment recommendations from the review committee that was established to review assessments per the requirements of the READ Act. The READ Act requires that all kindergarten through third-grade students be assessed in reading using an interim reading assessment at the beginning, middle, and end of year. Interim assessment data are subsequently utilized to determine whether students have a significant reading deficiency. Furthermore, the READ Act requires the department to review and recommend to the State Board interim reading assessments for this purpose. Vendors have the opportunity to appeal the recommendations. Following that process, staff will bring the final list of recommended assessments to the board for their review and action in February 2014. To view the presentation, click here.
Pursuing a Dance Endorsement
The board had a second discussion on pursuing a dance endorsement for educators. Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee joined the conversation lending her support. The board raised questions and will continue to discuss this endorsement. To read a dance endorsement question and answer document, click here.
GELP/Next Generation Learning
Staff provided a report on the Global Education Leadership Program and the October 2013 trip to Delhi, India. Staff also covered related updates to the Next Generation Learning work at CDE and the Colorado Legacy Foundation. To view the presentation, click here.
The board approved rules for the use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors in emergency situations in schools.
The board approved rules for the evaluation of specialized service professionals.
Notice of Rulemaking Hearing
The board approved the notice of rulemaking for the rules concerning charter schools applying for federal and state grants and programs.
The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its next meeting Jan. 8 & 9 at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.