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  • Overview of Colorado’s Accountability System (PDF)
    The Education Accountability Act of 2009 (Senate Bill 09-163) holds the state, districts, and individual public schools accountable for performance on the same set of indicators and related measures. This fact sheet provides an overview on the district and school performance frameworks, and the Unified Improvement Planning process.
  • Overview of the Accountability Transition Plan as Colorado Assessments Change (pending passage of proposed legislation) (PDF)
    A large part of Colorado’s educational accountability system (District and School Performance Frameworks (DPF/SPF)) is based on the results from state assessments; implementing new state assessments will have an impact on district and school accountability. To ensure validity and fairness of our accountability system, adjustments will need to be made during the assessment transition period. Read more about CDE’s proposed plan. 
  • Overview of the 2013-14 ESEA Consolidated Application (PDF)
    Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) funds are intended to assist districts achieve accelerated growth in those students most at-risk of not meeting academic standards. The improved consolidated application provides local education associations (LEAs) with an enhanced tool designed to identify and coordinate grant strategies leading to a greater impact on student achievement.
  • Rural Education Council (PDF)
    With 80 percent of Colorado’s school districts recognized as rural, the Rural Education Council was created to support and advocate for the needs, concerns and particular challenges of rural school districts.
  • Colorado’s Education Improvement Efforts “101” (PDF)
    Colorado has a comprehensive education improvement agenda which over the past few years has been encoded into state law. This fact sheet provides an overview, implementation progress and next steps for Colorado's Achievement Plan for Kids (Senate Bill 08-212), the Education Accountability Act (Senate Bill 09-163) and the Great Teachers and Leaders Act (Senate Bill 10-191).

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