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Request to Reconsider and School Accreditation

Overview

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) produces District Performance Framework reports (DPFs), which determine district accreditation ratings. CDE produces School Performance Framework reports (SPFs) for schools, which determine school plan types. In Colorado, districts are responsible for accrediting their schools.  Districts may submit additional performance data to CDE through the Request to Reconsider process if they disagree with the initial ratings from the state. This web-page explains the accreditation and request to reconsider processes. 

Districts must submit to CDE the accreditation category that the district has assigned to each school and the performance framework used by the district for that accreditation assignment, including evidence of the school’s level of attainment on the state’s key performance indicators: Academic Achievement, Academic Growth, and Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness.

Districts may use the state’s SPF ratings to accredit their schools, or they may use their own local accreditation process, provided that their accreditation ratings correlate to the state’s plan type assignment. If a district disagrees with CDE’s initial assignment of an accreditation category for the district or if the district disagrees with any of CDE’s initial assignments of a school plan type for any of the district’s schools, the district may submit additional information for CDE’s consideration by the annual October deadline through the Request to Reconsider process.

School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Online Form

Online Form
Instructions and district login information will be e-mailed to superintendents and district accountability contacts after the DPF/SPF release.

Request to Reconsider Decisions

District Accreditation and School Plan Type Assignments Request to Reconsider Summary (PDF) - Dec 11, 2018
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Resources

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  • Request to Reconsider Template (Excel) - Aug 2018
    To better assist you in submitting your district or school's additional data to CDE, we have created a template to streamline the process as well as give you an idea of what data we need to collect for the Request to Reconsider process.
  • Assessment Instrument Description Library (webpage)
    CDE has chosen to include external assessments in the request to reconsider template based on previous years' Request for Reconsideration submissions. CDE coordinated with these vendors to determine criteria for review and vetted these assessments for accountability purposes only and in no way does CDE endorse any of these external assessments over another or intentionally exclude an external assessment. More information on the assessments and the questions CDE asked the assessment vendors can be found in the Assessment Instrument Description Library.
  • School and District Accreditation and the Request to Reconsider Process for Small Systems (Webinar Recording) - Sept 11, 2014
    CDE has developed additional flexibility and resources around the accountability and improvement challenges for small systems. This webinar will cover the school and district performance frameworks and the school accreditation and request to reconsider process under the lens of small systems.

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For more information, please contact Jessica  Watson at Watson_J@cde.state.co.us.

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