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ESSA Monitoring Overview

CDE’s goal in monitoring is to help build the capacity of school districts so that they are aware of the requirements of the federal funds, have the ability to self-assess against the requirements of the grants, and understand how they can utilize funding under the grants to improve services for children. Monitoring is an opportunity to identify the supports LEAs need and to leverage federal funds in support of better outcomes for all students.

CDE will differentiate monitoring activities based on a set of performance, fiscal, programmatic, and administrative indicators. CDE’s goal is to provide the most intensive support to LEAs that are experiencing the greatest challenges in improving outcomes for students and to allow for greater autonomy for LEAs that are in need of less support relative to the indicators.

Opportunities for Involvement and Feedback

ESSA Monitoring Stakeholders Workgroup
This workgroup meets quarterly to provide input on CDE tools and processes regarding ESSA Monitoring. If you would like to send thoughts, comments, suggestions to the workgroup, please contact Lindsay Swanton. Additionally, the ESSA Monitoring Stakeholders Workgroup is seeking 10 more representatives from all regions and roles within schools and district. District and school leaders, teachers, staff welcome! Workgroup participation hours count toward required professional development hours for educator license renewal. If you are interested in joining the workgroup, please send a brief statement of your role and interest in participating to Lindsay Swanton.

Pilot Program Onsite ESSA Monitoring
CDE is going to be working with a stakeholder group over the summer and throughout the upcoming school year to develop a new monitoring protocol for ESSA. The new protocol will be piloted in the 2017-18 school year and fully implemented in the 2018-19 school year. The pilot program will provide a supportive learning environment for CDE, district, and school staff as we work together to meet the requirements within ESSA and look for quality implementation to create support tools for all to use. If you are interested in having your district participate in the pilot program during the 2017-18 school year, please contact Lindsay Swanton.

Professional Development Series
CDE is currently developing professional learning opportunities to support effective planning, implementation, and evaluation of ESSA programs. The professional learning opportunities are intended to support LEAs in improving and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of ESSA programs, as well as to meet compliance with ESSA requirements.

Regional Network Meetings
Federal Programs will continue to provide an opportunity for targeted local support in the form of bi-monthly Regional Network Meetings in different locations throughout Colorado.  Any district or school personnel are welcome to attend these meetings.  The purpose of these meetings will be to provide a forum for stakeholders to engage with Federal Programs staff and with other professionals from the region, to communicate local updates, needs, and concerns. ESSA Monitoring tools and processes will be addressed at each Regional Network Meeting throughout 2017-18.


For Additional Information Contact:
Lindsay Swanton
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