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Consolidated Application Questions

CDE has released a word version of the application questions (DOC) to assist with preparing responses the application 2020-2021 application. All responses will need to be submitted through the online application system once it becomes available. The application questions are posted on the Consolidated Application web page.

Non-Public Schools Consultation Form

CDE has update the non-public school’s consultation form for the upcoming funding year. During the update, the Education Data Advisory Committee (EDAC) requested that we work with the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) to coordinate the collection of information that is needed from nonpublic schools as it relates to special education students.

The updated form will include a request to provide how many parentally placed students with disabilities that are enrolled in the non-public school. Additional updates include an additional section to indicate that a timely and meaningful consultation was not conducted due to a lack of response from the non-public school.

Submit completed non-public school consultation forms to consolidatedapplications@cde.state.co.us by May 29, 2020. We are hopeful this will clear up any ambiguity about what is needed to be checked when submitting the consultation forms to CDE.

CDE has received several questions regarding a requirement to consult with non-public not for profit preschools. The guidance that was received from the US Department of Education and Brustein and Manasevit pointed back to how the state defines elementary schools. The states definition of an elementary school is as follows: an elementary school will generally serve children in grades K -5 but may include preschool and extend as far as 8th grade.

If a district includes pre-k in its definition of an elementary school, the district will be required to consult with not for profit non-public preschools in the district. CDE will pre-populate known non-public preschools in the School Profile page of the Consolidated Application.

Overview

On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was signed into law. The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve achievement outcomes for all students by providing effective programs supported with Titles I, II, III, and IV funding. The new law broadens the allowable uses of title funds and our goal is to help ensure that you understand all of the opportunities this funding affords your LEA.    

Under the ESSA, state educational agencies (SEAs) are required to collect local education agency (LEA) plans that address the requirements of the law, as well as descriptions of the activities the LEA will implement with its Title I, II, III, and IV allocations.  To meet this requirement, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed, with stakeholder input, a new consolidated application, which includes a set of five cross-program questions, organized around five core elements:

Ongoing Tasks

  • Based on school and district timelines, conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) to identify the needs of students and staff in Title I, Part A schools and the district that may be served with Title I, Part A funds
  • Continually identify and progress monitor student needs and align supports and services in Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance programs and Title I, Part A Schoolwide programs, as appropriate
  • Ongoing evaluation and consultation should be conducted throughout the year to ensure effective supports and services to staff and students
  • Conduct required parent engagement activities pursuant to Titles I, Part A
  • Submit ESEA Consolidated Application revisions based on ongoing progress monitoring through the Online Platform See more
  • Consult with all new schools (including charter schools) regarding the ESEA funds the school may be eligible to receive in the following school year. Eligible charter schools must be served with Title I, Part A during the first year of operation and in subsequent years in which the school's enrollment expands significantly
  • Attend CDE Regional and Virtual Network Meetings See more
  • Submit Request for Funds to Grants Fiscal (once final approval of Consolidated Application is granted) See more

April Tasks​​​​

  • September ꟷ May: Monitor Sub-grantees
  • January ꟷ April: Coordinate with early childhood centers to plan transition of pre-school students to Title I, Part A schools (Needs to be done before the end of the school year)
  • January ꟷ May: Conduct consultation for the upcoming school year with non-public schools within district boundaries and submit results of consultation to the ombudsman
  • February ꟷ May: Attend Consolidated Application trainings
  • March ꟷ April: Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey (new iteration of TELL) is open
  • March ꟷ June: Plan and collaborate with local neglected or delinquent facilities to plan activities for Consolidated Application, if applicable
  • April: Declare participation in Community Eligibility Provision to School Nutrition, if applicable.  CEP is an optional poverty measure used for serving Title I schools.
  • April: Submission of Unified Improvement Plan, as appropriate.  If using UIP to satisfy ESSA LEA or Title I schoolwide planning requirements, ensure all requirements are addressed in the UIP prior to submission
  • April: Program Evaluation- Evaluation strategies should be directed by the District and should be reflected in the annual consolidated application to reflect effectiveness of programs and/or strategies. Evaluation should be ongoing throughout the school year
  • April ꟷ May: Stakeholder (school leaders, teachers, families of students that participate in federally funded programs, etc.) input regarding activities to be conducted in subsequent school year with ESEA funds
  • April ꟷ May: Collect stakeholder (see line 18) input regarding activities to be conducted in subsequent school year with ESEA funds.  Submit any dissenting comments to CDE via consolidatedapplications@cde.state.co.us
  • April ꟷ May: Consult with parents in Title I, Part A schools regarding activities to be conducted with the parent involvement set aside, as applicable
  • April ꟷ May: Consolidated Application Trainings
  • April ꟷ June: Preliminary ESEA allocations available.  Update any plans or draft budgets with posted allocation amounts prior to submission of the Consolidated Application


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