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Submitting Feedback on ESSA State Plan Drafts

Provide Feedback on Colorado's ESSA State Plan

In order to demonstrate that Colorado meets the requirements of ESSA and to access the funding allocated to the state, CDE must submit a plan to the United States Department of Education for approval. Fundamental to the requirements of the ESSA plan is that the department engage in meaningful consultation with a broad range of education stakeholders in developing the plan, and, once a draft of the plan has been completed, to make the plan available for public comment. The draft of this plan will be open for public comment for 30 days, beginning on Friday, February 10, 2017, and closing on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Prior to submitting your comments, we invite you to read a letter from Commissioner Anthes on Colorado’s ESSA State Plan Development and release of the state plan draft.

There are two ways to submit your comments on Colorado’s ESSA State Plan:

  1. Click on the survey links below and input your comments.
  2. Mail your comments to: (You may also upload a letter response document via any of the survey links.)

Colorado Department of Education
Federal Programs Unit
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202-5149

CDE also intends to post a draft of the state plan in Spanish and encourages members of the public to contact us at ESSAquestions@cde.state.co.us with any questions or requests related to accessibility.

For more information that may be helpful to you in considering the ESSA state plan draft, please visit our main ESSA website page for supporting materials.

This stage of Colorado’s ESSA state plan development is important as it is your chance to react to the plan. The comments we receive from you will be compiled and included with Colorado’s state plan submission to the USDE, and incorporated into CDE’s final draft as appropriate. Next, the plan will be reviewed with the Governor and ultimately presented to Colorado’s State Board of Education for approval to submit to the U.S. Department of Education in April.

CDE will receive comments and input through Monday, March 13, 2017.


View Colorado's ESSA State Plan Draft

View the full version, or view by section:

Full Version of ESSA State Plan Draft (PDF)

Full Version of ESSA State Plan Draft (Word)

Draft by Sections (PDFs)

  1. Long Term Goals
  2. Consultation and Performance Management
  3. Academic Assessments
  4. Accountability, Support, and Improvement for Schools
  5. Supporting Excellent Educators
  6. Supporting All Students

Earlier versions of the ESSA Plan template included a section for the state Standards development process. This section is no longer a part of the ESSA Plan template, however CDE wanted to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide comment on the Standards development process. 

Submit Feedback

CDE is collecting feedback via online survey. This survey is available as a single larger survey encompassing all sections, or several smaller surveys by section. Please *only* submit feedback using the full version survey or the individual surveys.

Full Version of Survey

Surveys by Section:

  1. Long Term Goals
  2. Consultation and Performance Management
  3. Academic Assessments
  4. Accountability, Support, and Improvement for Schools
  5. Supporting Excellent Educators
  6. Supporting All Students

You may also upload a letter response document via any of the above survey links.


Ver el Plan Preliminar de ESSA de Colorado 

Para demostrar que Colorado cumple con los requisitos de ESSA y para acceder al financiamiento asignado al estado, CDE debe presentar un plan al Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos para su aprobación. Es fundamental para los requisitos del plan de ESSA es que el departamento debe involucrarse en una consulta significativa con una amplia gama de partes interesadas de educación en el desarrollo del plan, y una vez que el plan preliminar haya sido completado, se hará el plan disponible para comentarios públicos. El plan preliminar estará abierto a los comentarios del público durante 30 días, comenzando el viernes 24 de febrero del 2017 y cerrándose el lunes 27 de marzo del 2017.

Antes de enviar sus comentarios, le invitamos a leer una carta de la Comisionada Anthes sobre el desarrollo del Plan Estatal ESSA de Colorado y la publicación del plan preliminar.

Versión completa del plan preliminar de ESSA de Colorado (PDF)

Versión completa del plan preliminar de ESSA de Colorado (Word)

Enviar Comentarios

Hay dos maneras de enviar sus comentarios sobre el Plan Estatal de ESSA de Colorado:

  1. Presione aquí para ingresar sus comentarios de la encuesta.
  2. Envíe sus comentarios a: (También puede adjuntar una carta de respuesta a través de la encuesta).

    Colorado Department of Education
    Federal Programs Unit
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
    Denver, CO 80202-5149

Previous Feedback

View the collected feedback previously received throughout the ESSA State Plan stakeholder engagement process.


E-mail questions and comments to ESSAquestions@cde.state.co.us.

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