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Draft guidance available for how schools can safely open in the fall
Initial guidance will be adjusted over the summer as CDE receives feedback and the COVID-19 situation evolves.

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State Board of Education approves statewide waivers
At its regular meeting this month, the board approved four statewide waivers necessary due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic. Commissioner of Education Katy Anthes also provided updates on CDE's response to COVID-19.

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Results for 2020 TLCC Survey available
According to the statewide survey, the majority of educators believe their school is a good place to work and a beneficial place for students to learn. However, the biggest obstacle for teachers remains lack of preparation time.

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Guidance for graduation ceremonies
CDE, working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, released guidance for communities considering how to honor their graduating high school seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Results of statewide survey reveal technology needs during pandemic
Colorado schools say they need more help developing effective online instruction, providing students computer hardware and access to the Internet, and supporting students who are suffering from stress-related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statewide needs inventory conducted.

Colorado plans to offer seniors free SAT tests on a school day next fall
Colorado 12th graders would be able to take the SAT test on a school day next fall for no cost under an agreement the Colorado Department of Education is pursuing with the College Board, the organization that administers the test.

State Board approves READ Act Assessment option for teachers
The State Board of Education approved a test that teachers may take to demonstrate their understanding of evidence-based reading instruction, a requirement of the changes to the READ Act approved by the legislature last year.     

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Commissioner updates state board on COVID-19 response
Commissioner Katy Anthes provided an update to the State Board of Education on CDE’s role and activities during the statewide emergency response to COVID-19. 

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CDE announces pause on 2019-20 state assessments, accountability
Administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including CMAS, will pause for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to extensive school closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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State Board approves Local Accountability Grant funding
The Local Accountability Grant is available for three years. Funding is meant to help establish a local accountability system that supplements the state system.