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Briefing on ESSA: West Comprehensive Center at WestEd
By Richard Crandall, Commissioner of Education
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:39am
Last Friday, February 26, six of us from CDE had the chance to join the leadership teams from the Departments of Ed in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona for a deep dive into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It was a one-day crash course looking at accountability, teacher qualifications, use of funds, and flexibility. I came away with a much clearer understanding of our responsibilities over the next 18 months, but more importantly, I came away with tremendous excitement about what we can accomplish as a state. Everyone at the training from CDE is writing a short blog post on a specific area of interest, so be sure to read those posts for additional information.
My first action item will be to contact all of the other organizations in Colorado working intently to understand the new ESSA rules, including the State Board of Education, CASB, CASE, PEBC and CEA, as well as anybody else who has an interest, to discuss potential collaborative efforts. A lot of heavy lifting needs to take place, and we owe it to the education community to be thoughtful, timely, transparent and open to new ideas. My ultimate goal is to take the ESSA message on the road with these education partners to present a clear vision and understanding of what can be accomplished with the new legislation. I would like to see this occur in the next 60 days. I’ll be sure to report back on these efforts, and let you know when you can expect us to be in your part of the state.
Thank you for your trust and confidence as we move away from NCLB and begin implementing the policies and procedures that will guide Colorado education over the next several years.