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Accountability Under ESSA

Schools Identified for Support and Improvement under ESSA


The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 is the primary federal education legislation and has undergone several reauthorizations, the latest of which is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Colorado’s state plan under ESSA was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in May 2018.

ESSA requires states to develop a statewide accountability system, with long-term and interim progress goals, for all students and specific disaggregated groups, based on five indicators: academic achievement and growth in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, English language proficiency for English learners, graduation rates, and school quality or student success.

For a description of Colorado’s methodology for identifying and exiting schools for ESSA support and improvement, and a list of the schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CS) or targeted support and improvement (TS), please visit CDE’s Methods for Identification and Exit Criteria for ESSA Support and Improvement webpage