Update on Colorado’s ESSA State Plan Development
By Patrick Chapman, Executive Director, Federal Programs
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 4:30pm
Thank you to the hundreds of educators, parents, and students who took the time to attend and provide feedback at the ESSA listening tour events, listening tour webinar, and through our ESSA blog and email inbox. We are in the process of finalizing the compilations of comments, concerns, and ideas we heard during the tour. We have sent the input we received by site to all who attended the sessions and are also posting the comments by site on the CDE website. As the first stage of our ESSA listening winds down, we are shifting our focus to developing a draft of our ESSA state plan and the committee, vetting, and continued stakeholder engagement work that will support it.
As part of the ESSA Listening Tour presentation, Colorado Department of Education (CDE) staff included a proposal for ESSA Hub/Spoke Committee structure for state plan development. The idea is to create a formal, central Hub Committee that will have an oversight role in the development of a draft of our state plan to be submitted to the State Board in early 2017, and ESSA topical spoke committees that will be responsible for developing and appropriately vetting sections of the state plan with the nimbleness and flexibility to get the work done in a timely manner.
This week, CDE is disseminating an update on the Hub/Spoke committee process and membership as well as additional future opportunities for continued stakeholder involvement. For more information, please view the memo that is being sent to school districts, BOCES professional organizations, and advocacy groups.
We will continue to share updates and details as they are finalized on the ESSA blog, CDE’s Scoop and Update publications, and our ESSA State Plan Development webpage.