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Colorado's ESSA State Plan 

In December of 2015, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students and gives states more flexibility and decision-making power at the local level. This law also requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special help for struggling schools. You can read the Every Student Succeeds Act here.

As part of ESSA, each state had to conduct significant outreach to collect input for their plans. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) engaged with thousands of Coloradans in the development of the plan through 2016 and the early part of 2017. This process provided Coloradans a chance to closely examine the state’s education system, adjust some priorities and gather feedback about what is working and what should be changed. Please visit our Hub and Spoke Committees pages and the ESSA Feedback page to read about the process and comments received throughout stakeholder engagement. CDE also  releases an overview of Colorado’s ESSA state plan. This ESSA summary report is intended to provide a clear explanation of the issues addressed in Colorado’s plan.

CDE received approval and signatures from the State Board of Education, the Governor, Commissioner, and State Board Chair to submit Colorado's final ESSA State Plan in early May, and was considered as part of the U.S Department of Education's (USDE) early review window. CDE received feedback from the USDE as well as peer reviewer notes on August 11, 2017. CDE has until August 24th to submit a redlined version of Colorado’s ESSA plan that addresses the issues raised by the USDE in order for the USDE to meet the 120 day timeline for plan approval. 

 

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