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ESSA in Colorado - A Conversation on the Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

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CDE invites educators, district leaders, policymakers and others who are passionate about increasing educational achievement for all students to participate in a conversation about the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. We'll post information, questions and guidance from department staff here, and we welcome your ideas, thoughts and feedback.


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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Highlights from Hunt Institute’s “Opportunities and Responsibilities: A First Look at ESSA” Conference

By Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, Director, Data, Program Evaluation, and Reporting, Federal Programs
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:31am

State legislators, board of education members, and other educational leaders from 14 states gathered in Atlanta, Georgia on February 26th and 27th to gain information from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of State Boards of Education, Data Quality Campaign, Education Trust, Council of Chief State School Officers, Teach Plus, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Thomas B. Fordham Institute and educators including two teachers and one superintendent.  The conference was hosted by The Hunt Institute.

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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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New Opportunities in Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Coming in 2017-18

By Brad Bylsma, Director, Office of ESEA Programs
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

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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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