March 13, 2013
State Board denies Mapleton accreditation rating appeal
The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting March 12 & 13. Highlights from the meeting include:
Mapleton Public Schools Accreditation Appeal
The state board of education voted to deny Mapleton Public Schools’ appeal of its 2012 district accreditation rating. Mapleton was requesting that the board approve an Accredited with Improvement rating. State board rules allow districts to appeal accreditation ratings to the board for review. Following arguments from the district and CDE staff, the state board of education confirmed the district accreditation rating of Accredited with Priority Improvement, the second lowest rating in Colorado’s five-level accountability system. The district will enter the second year of Priority Improvement/Turnaround status on July 1, 2013.
The board voted to approve a list of staff recommended diagnostic and summative literacy assessments. The READ Act (Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act) requires the department to review and recommend to the state board reading assessments, including interim, summative, and diagnostic assessments, for K-3 grades. The board will vote on an interim assessment list in the fall.
The board also voted to approve the rules for the READ Act. For more on the Colorado READ Act, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/ReadAct/index.asp.
The board repealed the rules for the Interdistrict Choice Pilot Program.
The board repealed the rules for the Charter School District Pilot Program.
The board adopted rules for the administration of the statewide accountability measures for the Colorado public school system, Charter School Institute, public school districts and public schools.
Charter School Appeals
Infinite Charter Academy vs. Cherry Creek School District
The state board of education voted to affirm Cherry Creek School District’s decision to deny Infinite Charter Academy’s application to establish a charter school within the district. State board rules allow charters to appeal district decisions on charter applications.
PODER Academy vs. Adams County School District 50
The state board voted to affirm the decision by Adams County School District 50 to deny PODER Charter Academy’s charter school application.
STEM in Colorado Report
As part of Colorado’s Race to the Top grant, Colorado supports a $500,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant program and a STEM education coordinator for the state. Staff presented an overview of Colorado’s STEM in Action grant program and information related to STEM achievement and programs in Colorado. To view the presentation, click here.
SchoolView Data Center
Staff led the board through a tour of the SchoolView Data Center and highlighted new features. The Data Center gives users information about Colorado's public education system at the state, district and school levels. It provides easy access to data on federal and state accountability results, academic performance, and student and school demographics. Increased functionality includes a new search feature where users can search by district or school. There is also a display on staff, with a graphic displaying highly qualified status of classes. Health and wellness information is also available, with program information per school. New icons also allow users to share links via Twitter, Facebook and by email.
The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its next meeting in April at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.