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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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WestEd Briefing on ESSA: Designations and Supports for Title I Schools

By Peter Sherman, Executive Director, District and School Performance Unit
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 8:40am

On Friday, February 26, a CDE team attended a training about ESSA.  At the training, we learned about ESSA and its implications for how we designate and support schools and districts.  ESSA delineates three types of school designations and related supports for Title I schools.  

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Supplement and Not Supplant Rule-Making

By Patrick Chapman, Executive Director, Federal Programs
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 3:21pm

The Secretary has indicated that negotiated rule-making for ESSA will include a focus on the supplement and not supplant provisions.  The requirement that ESSA funds supplement and not supplant state and local funds is intended to ensure that federal resources are used to provide additional educational resources and supports to students at risk instead of just being used to make up for state and local budget shortfalls.  For the most part, ESSA retains the supplement and not supplant language that has always been a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  However, the following

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ESSA and Early Learning

By Sharon Triolo-Moloney, P-3 Alignment Director, Early Learning and School Readiness
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:19pm

ESSA has made clear there will be additional opportunities to support early learning initiatives.  There are various sections throughout ESSA that promote a new focus on programs designed specifically to support early learning. These opportunities can be found in Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IX, Section 9212, which focuses on Preschool Development Grants.  

Districts using Title I funds to support early childhood programs will be required to comply with Head Start performance standards. 

Other highlights include funds and supports for, but not limited to:

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ESSA and Education for Homeless Children and Youth

By Dana Scott, State Coordinator, Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:17pm

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 includes changes to strengthen and improve the education of over 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through high school graduation. It incorporates best practices from states and school districts across the country to increase the identification, enrollment, stability, and school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

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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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