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ESSA Summaries

By Alyssa Pearson, Interim Associate Commissioner
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:18am

Many different organizations have written summaries to help interested stakeholders digest this new 1000 page law!  We have posted a few brief summaries that may help you to understand what is in ESSA and how it is different than what was in No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  Included are:

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ESSA Statewide Listening Tour

By Patrick Chapman, Executive Director, Federal Programs
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 3:22pm

Colorado Department of Education staff will travel to six sites in May to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and solicit feedback from the community regarding key provisions of the law. This is the beginning of a year-long effort to engage Coloradans in the writing of the state’s ESSA plan.

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Education Technology and ESSA

By DeLilah Collins, E-rate and Ed Tech Coordinator, Federal Programs
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 1:15pm

Title II Part D of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) prioritized education technology in elementary and secondary schools to improve student achievement. When Title II Part D received its last appropriation in 2010, direct funding for technology was eliminated, and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) had to look to other programs to pay for technology expenditures.  Over the past several years, a significant effort has been made to ensure that students have access to technology rich classrooms.

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And on the lighter side…..

By Dave Schneiderman, Supervisor, Office of Grants Fiscal
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 4:23pm

I, like many people in my position, spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s reading the new ESSA Law.  It was 391 pages of light and easy reading until I came upon page 338.  Being so far into the new law, my mind was a bit numb and I did not stop until 3 pages later.  I had to back up to make sure what I read wasn’t a hallucination.  But there it was, page 338, SEC. 9206, right between “Report on Department Actions to Address Office of Inspector General Reports” and “Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 Reauthorization”; “Posthumous Pardon.”

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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.

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New FAQs: Transitions to ESSA

By Patrick Chapman, Executive Director, Federal Programs
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 2:56pm

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on questions received from states and others.

The Department prepared these FAQs (ESSA FAQ document) to support states and LEAs in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA, and will continue to add to these FAQs over the coming months.  

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Concurrent Enrollment Programs

By Misti Ruthven, Director of Postsecondary Readiness
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:29am

Did you know that ESSA permits the use of certain Federal funds to operate concurrent enrollment programs? Specifically, to address the needs of low-achieving secondary school students and those at risk of not meeting Colorado academic standards. CDE is working with the U.S. Department of Education to clarify these details and will add to concurrent enrollment guidance soon.

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NCLB to ESSA Transition Guidance from USDE

By Alyssa Pearson, Interim Associate Commissioner
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 8:10am

The U.S. Department of Education has shared information with states around the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. These two communications provide some initial information around requirements for the transition. The U.S. Department of Education will share additional information in the future, and that will be communicated through this blog and be available on CDE's ESSA page.

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Exception for an Orderly Transition: Highly Qualified Teachers

By Jennifer Simons, Title II coordinator, Federal Programs
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 4:05pm

Recent communications from the USDOE have clarified that section 1119 of NCLB, which requires all teachers of core academic subjects in the State to be “highly qualified,”  is among the provisions of the ESEA, as reauthorized by NCLB, that States are not required to implement in the 2016-17 school year in order to facilitate an orderly transition to the ESSA.  Highly qualified is a term that originated and was defined in NCLB.  Information on this definition and how requirements have been impleme

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A brief overview of the new law

By Alyssa Pearson, Interim Associate Commissioner
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 9:30am

On the day ESSA passed in December, CDE staff provided a brief overview of the new law to the State Board of Education. Take a look at the highlights of the changes that will affect Colorado’s assessment and accountability systems. Since this presentation was given, we’ve learned that most likely, the U.S. Department of Education won’t issue rules until October 2016 and state plans may not be due until summer 2017.

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