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Colorado's ESEA Assessment and Accountability Waiver

Notice to Provide Public Comment on Colorado’s Assessment and Accountability Waiver

Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting school closures, the Secretary of Education has provided flexibility to all states regarding the assessment and accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read Secretary DeVos letter to Chief State School Officers (PDF).

The US Department of Education has invited states to request a waiver (PDF) of the following requirements:

  • Administration of all required assessments in the 2019-2020 school year, section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA, and/or,  
  • Annual meaningful differentiation of all public schools and identification of schools for comprehensive, targeted, and additional targeted support and improvement based on data from the 2019-20 school year, sections 1111(c)(4) and 1111(d)(2)(C)-(D), and/or,  
  • State report card requirements related to assessments and accountability in section 1111(h) for the 2019-20 school year (see waiver for details)

CDE applied for and received approval (PDF) to waiver the assessment and accountability requirements under The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). See the submitted waiver request (PDF). For an alternative version of this information, please email

CDE invites all interested parties to submit any comments related to the waiver by April 24, 2020 to or mailed to:

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

Please share this notice with any interested members of your community including, but not limited to, parents, educators, and school administrators. 

For questions pertaining to ESSA accountability and reporting, please contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson at For questions pertaining to assessments, please contact Joyce Zurkowsi at 

For Additional Information Contact: 

DeLilah Collins
Assistant Director, ESEA Programs Office