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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.

 

Comments

Thank you Mr. Commissioner for your opening comments about the coming ESSA Act and ED guidance as well as sharing the proactive action you and your team have taken with surrounding states to further explore the collaborative efforts we all should participate in while the states (CDE) and LEA's gear up for the coming changes. Creating a well rounded coalition of partners to provide inputs for CDE and the direction of ESSA guidance for our state hopefully would include qualified grants professional from representative districts with in the state, will there be a formalized process for individuals interested in participating created from CDE? Or will there be information rolling out of the CDE pertaining to joining a coalition and having LEA representatives participate? Thank you again for this opportunity and we all are looking forward to the coming 2017-18 kick off year for ESSA.

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