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Communications Toolkits 2019-20

The following items are designed to help districts and schools communicate with parents about the Coronavirus 2019, Colorado Measure of Academic Success (CMAS) tests, Colorado's accountability system (including school and district ratings), and educator effectiveness metrics. The materials can be shared during parent information events throughout the school year.

Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
    Colorado loves teachers! To help get the word out about Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020, use or customize resources to help you thank your teachers!


  • State Assessment Toolkit
    Fact sheets, drop-in letters and key messages are designed to help districts and schools communicate about Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests. These materials can be shared with parents during parent information events, newsletters or parent teacher conferences. All materials may be tailored to meet local needs.

District and School Accountability

  • School and District Accountability Toolkit
    Fact sheets with high-level explanations about Colorado's accountability system and SPF/DPF, school plan types and district ratings, also fact sheets that explain the growth model system and an explainer about mean scale scores can be sent along with a drop-in article to parents or educators.

Educator Effectiveness

  • Educator Effectiveness Metrics
    Drop-in articles, fact sheets and instructions for access are available for district leadership and principals when training staff or community about educator effectiveness. All resources are able to be modified and personalized to meet individual needs.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Transparency

  • Financial Transparency Website
    Resources to help superintendents and principals communicate about the purpose and reason for the financial transparency website.


  • READ Act toolkit for parents
    An overview of the READ Act, FAQ about the early literacy law, animations in both English and Spanish, key facts about the importance of early literacy, tips for how to support reading at home and how to talk to your teacher about your child's reading progress.
  • READ Act toolkit for educators
    This toolkit includes fact sheets, drop-in letters, an overview of the READ Act, FAQs as well as a sample social media campaign about the READ Act.

U.S. Census

  • Teacher Resources about the U.S. 2020 Census
    CDE has created a webpage with resources for teachers to help instruct students about the 2020 Census. The webpage highlights the Statistics in Schools program that provides relevant lessons across all grade levels and many subject areas to engage students in learning about the importance of the census.
  • General Census Information - English I Spanish 
    This fact sheet provides general information about the U.S. Census, which will be conducted in 2020. Information includes the kinds of questions that will be asked, information on what the census is and who should respond. 
  • Census Data confidentiality - English I Spanish
    This fact sheet explains in detail that the responses you give to the 2020 Census are safe, secure and protected by law. The answers are used only to produce statistics.  
  • Visit the state's demography office for more fact sheets
    The fact sheet on the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website include general information about the 2020 Census, how to get involved and more information about privacy.

Additional Resources

Colorado Academic Standards

Graduation Guidelines and ICAP

Promising Partnership Practices

Additional Resources - Browse by Category

Communication resources are broken out by content area for ease of use and to promote consistent and timely communications with key audiences.

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