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News Release - State board approves school plan type assignments

Dec. 12, 2014

State board approves school plan type assignments

The board also passes dual resolutions recognizing outgoing board members

The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10. Highlights from the meeting include:

Accountability, Performance and Support

School Plan Type Assignments

The department saw the percentage of schools assigned Improvement and Turnaround plans increase slightly, while those with Priority Improvement and Performance plans decrease slightly, 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, 1,530 of the state’s public schools (90 percent in all) were assigned Performance Plan or Improvement Plan. One hundred fourteen public schools (6.7 percent) were assigned Priority Improvement Plan and 55 were assigned Turnaround Plan (3.2 percent). Results were also shared for online, charter and innovation schools. Alternative Education Campus (AEC) results show an increase in the percent of schools with AEC Performance and AEC Improvement plans with a decrease with AEC Turnaround plans.

The majority of schools received the same plan type in 2014 as they did in 2013 (78.9 percent).  9.4 percent of schools increased one or more plan type levels from 2013 to 2014, 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 2014 school and district improvement plans will be posted in SchoolViewhttp://www.cde.state.co.us/schoolview. To view the presentation, click here.

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.    

Staff presented the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee report to the board. Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish and maintain a state advisory panel to provide policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities. To view the presentation, click here.

Turnaround Support

Staff suggested a schedule of districts that will present to the state board about low performance and progression along the accountability clock. The schedule proposed several presentations for each meeting from March through May of 2015. The School and District Performance Unit also reported on supports provided to some Priority Improvement and Turnaround schools through the CDE Turnaround Network.  The presentation included a description of the supports, preliminary results and testimony from participating districts.

Resolutions

The board passed two resolutions recognizing Colorado State Board Members Paul Lundeen and Elaine Gantz Berman’s contribution to Colorado’s educational system. Board Chairman Paul Lundeen was elected to the State House in District 19. Gantz Berman’s six-year term comes to an end this month.

Educator Effectiveness

Each year CDE staff updates the state board on the progress of implementation of S.B. 191 and makes recommendations to rule changes. At this time, neither CDE staff nor the State Council on Educator Effectiveness has any recommendations for rule changes.  Staff shared lessons learned from the pilot and how those lessons are informing statewide implementation. To view the presentation, click here

Legislative Priorities

The board approved its 2015 legislative priorities which communicate to the General Assembly and the public the board’s top priorities this legislative session.    

Other Action

The board approved the rules for the administration of the Adult Education and Literacy Grant Program

The board approved the rules governing the Renewable Energy and Efficiency for Schools Loan Program with amendment to strike 6.1.2.3.

The board approved the rules for the administration of the English Language Proficiency Act.

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