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COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group
Background on the Stakeholder Group
In the 2020 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly included in the School Finance Act (HB20-1418 (PDF)) the creation of a stakeholder group to address issues presented by the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of the group is to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption of the 2019-2020 school year, including student transition to remote learning and the cancellation of the state assessments, accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluation systems. The COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group will discuss how the cancellation of state assessments will impact accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluations during the 2020-21 school year and whether future modifications are needed for these areas in response to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group is being formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work from the fall 2020 through December 2020. By early January 2021, the findings and recommendations from the working group will be completed.
Public Participation Survey
The Stakeholder Group would like to hear your feedback on the question: Given the impacts of COVID-19, what should be our priority considerations as we recommend adjustments to student state assessments, accountability/accreditation, and educator effectiveness?
Please share your thoughts:
As the Stakeholder Group continues to work, they are using a consensus approach to make draft recommendations for assessments, accountability/accreditation, and educator effectiveness that will be shared with the Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education and state legislators. The state legislators will consider the recommendations as they make decisions in these areas. (The draft recommendations are considered “DRAFT” to allow for changes to them as the Stakeholder Group continues to meet, if needed.)
- Because of the cancellation of state assessments and school disruptions due to COVID-19 in the spring 2020, educators’ final evaluation ratings should be based 100% on their professional practice score for the 2020-21 school year only. This supports CDE’s announcement in the summer of 2020 that they will not monitor or collect information from districts on Measures of Student Learning/Outcomes.
- CMAS/CoAlt Social Studies: CMAS/CoAlt Social Studies should not be administered in grades 4 and 7 in spring 2021.
- CO SAT Essay: If the CO SAT is administered in spring 2021, the essay portion of the assessment should be an option for students to select as needed or desired.
- CO PSAT/SAT/CoALT (emerging draft, not at consensus) Consistent with current statute, the stakeholder committee recommends that districts and schools administer the CO PSAT/SAT (and associated CoAlt) assessments to Colorado public school students enrolled in grades 9 (PSAT 9/CoAlt), 10 (PSAT 10/CoAlt) and 11 (SAT/CoAlt) in the spring of 2021 to the extent COVID-19 conditions allow students to be at least partially in-person at the time of testing.
- The Stakeholder Group recommends changes to statute, board rule and/or state practices to pause the calculation and publication of school and district level performance frameworks and state accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year. A school or district’s rating will roll-over from 2020. Note: 2020 ratings were rolled over from 2019 based upon the 2020 accountability pause. [Amendment: Special consideration needs to be given to districts and schools on the accountability clock.]
The Stakeholder Group will convene virtually. Meetings have been tentatively scheduled for the dates below. All meetings will be available for public viewing. Information for each meeting will be shared before each meeting.
Current and Upcoming Meetings
- October 29, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- November 10, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- October 14, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- September 30, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- September 16, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- August 26, 2020, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Meeting recordings, agenda items and other resources are available on the Meeting Archives page.
Stakeholder Group Membership
The Stakeholder Group has been selected to include a broad group of stakeholders from all different parts of the state. Members were also selected to represent diverse viewpoints about assessments, accountability, and educator effectiveness by including individuals impacted by these systems, individuals with expertise in these systems and individuals engaged in advocacy around these systems.
- Amie Baca-Oehlert, Colorado Education Association
- Elizabeth Casillas, Denver Metro Region
- Carol Eaton, Technical Advisory Panel and Jefferson County School District
- Christina Ethier, Association for Colorado Education Evaluators and Cherry Creek School District
- Paul Freeman, Roaring Fork School District RE-1
- Chris Gibbons, Colorado League of Charter Schools and STRIVEPrep
- Da'Lisa Hatcher, Third Future Schools - Coperni 2 Charter School
- Peter Hilts, District 49
- Jennifer Holladay, Denver Public Schools
- Kym LeBlanc-Esparza, Archuleta School District 50 JT
- Bret Miles, Colorado Association of School Executives
- Michelle Murphy, Colorado Rural Alliance
- Stephanie Perez-Carrillo, Colorado Children's Campaign
- Amy Pitlik, Stand for Children
- Luke Ragland, Ready Colorado
- Johan Van Nieuwenhuizen, Weld County School District RE-1
- Jen Walmer, Democrats for Education Reform
- Jason Westfall, Colorado Association of BOCES
- Cheri Wrench, Colorado Association of School Boards
If you have any questions about this process, contact Rhonda Haniford at firstname.lastname@example.org.