June 8, 2016
Groups of historically disadvantaged students to be counted separately for school and district ratings
The Colorado State Board of Education today advised staff to continue counting each group of historically disadvantaged students separately for points in the state’s rating system for schools and districts.
The proposal to use a combined group of historically disadvantaged students, such as English language learners and students eligible for free and reduced lunch, grew out of discussion among schools, districts, charter schools and others participating in the Accountability Work Group formed in 2015. Under the work group’s proposal, English language learners, students eligible for free and reduced lunch and other groups would be reported individually on the performance reports, but combined for the purpose of assigning points for accountability ratings.
With the board’s recommendation today, CDE will proceed with developing accountability ratings for schools and districts as it has done in the past, assigning points based on the performance of English language learners, students eligible for free and reduced lunch, minority students and students with IEPs.
“This has been a challenging issue with strong opinions voiced by districts, parents and advocacy groups,” said Board Chairman Steve Durham. “After considering all the viewpoints, we advised staff to continue with the current system. At the same time, we would like staff to continue working to develop a hybrid or compromise that will meet the needs of both small and large districts.”