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News Release -- Colorado State Board of Education pushes back deadline for submitting ESSA state plan to feds

Nov. 9, 2016

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

DENVER – The Colorado State Board of Education on Wednesday agreed to delay for about a month the submission of the state’s plan for the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Colorado, as with other states, must develop a plan on how to implement ESSA by next year. The Colorado State Board of Education is expected to receive a draft of the state plan by early 2017 and was planning on delivering the document to the U.S. Department of Education by March 6.

Board Chairman Steve Durham on Wednesday 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. 

Find out more about CDE’s ESSA state plan development process here.

Board considers process for reviewing academic standards

State law requires a regular review and revision process of the Colorado Academic Standards. The first review and revision cycle is set to conclude by July 1, 2018, and will occur every six years thereafter. Board members were asked to provide their input into the proposed process  for the review and revision.

Currently, a survey is gathering general perceptions about the standards from multiple stakeholder groups. An online standards review system was launched on Wednesday to gather feedback on each standard to inform the planning process going forward.

Find out more about the standards review process here.

Board approves a waiver request from Peetz-Plateau RE-5 School District

The Board approved a waiver of the school readiness assessment requirement from Peetz-Plateau School District, a request that was denied in August but had been modified for the November meeting.

Other Action

  • The Board voted unanimously to repeal rules for the administration of the ACT assessment on a National Test Date and adopt amendments to the administration of the College Entrance Exam. These changes are intended to streamline the two sets of rules and make updates based on current statute and practice. The revised rules reflect current student needs for taking the college entrance exam on a national test date, and the requirements of the administrator of the college entrance exam.
  • The Board also approved rules for accounting and reporting to reflect statutory amendments from recent legislation.