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Request to Reconsider and School Accreditation

Overview

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) calculates and publishes District Performance Framework reports (DPFs), which determine district accreditation ratings. The department also produces School Performance Framework reports (SPFs) for schools, which determine school plan types. In Colorado, districts are responsible for accrediting their schools.  Districts have the opportunity to review the state identified district or school rating from the DPF or SPF.  If the district disagrees with the initial rating, then additional performance data may be submitted to CDE through the Request to Reconsider process.

Accountability Framework Pause in 2021.

 While the accountability system was paused for a second year (2021-22) in response to COVID-19, the department offered the request to reconsider process to eligible districts and schools. The State Board of Education approved the Accountability Act rules to offer an amended process in 2021-22. Based on the modified 2021 Request to Reconsider process, the State Board of Education approved improved plan types for 14 schools on January 12, 2022 (see Request to Reconsider Decisions 2021).

Request to Reconsider in 2022. 

Information on the 2022 request to reconsider process is waiting on board rule adoption. SB 22-137 passed and was signed by the Governor on April 13, 2022. State Board of Education rules were noticed during the April 13th board meeting. A summary with more details can be found here. Draft rule language is available at the CDE website here (clean version) and here (version with changes redlined). Note that the state board added a 90% total participation threshold for any school or district to be eligible to participate in the request to reconsider process. To offer feedback on these rules during the public comment period, before rules are adopted in June, please use this form. The deadline for submitting comments is May 23, 2022. Public comments will be included in the department’s presentation to the state board in June. For additional information on the 2022 request to reconsider process, see Section D on the 2022 Accountability Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

 

 

Announcements

2022-23 Request to Reconsider Process 

During the April 13, 2022 board meeting, the State Board noticed rules on 2022 accountability and the request to reconsider process. The board voted to incorporate language into rules that reflect the following eligibility requirements for 2022: 

  • Only those districts and schools with a 90% total participation rate on 2022 statewide assessments can participate in the request to reconsider process. 
  • A Priority Improvement or Turnaround district or school may use request to reconsider to to move to “On Watch” or fully exit the accountability clock if they meet certain conditions (e.g., Improvement plan type or higher, meet 90% total participation on state assessments).
  • Certain historical practices (e.g., ability to request Insufficient State Data with less than 85% participation rate if the district or school is able to demonstrate that data is not representative) would not be available in 2022-23. 

A summary with more details can be found here. Draft rule language is available at the CDE website here (clean version) and here (version with changes redlined). To offer feedback on these rules before rules are approved in June, please use this form. The deadline for submitting comments is May 23, 2022. Public comments will be included in the department’s presentation to the state board in June. For additional information on the 2022 request to reconsider process, see Section D on the 2022 Accountability Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

 

Prior Request to Reconsider Decisions and Archive Resources

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact Aislinn Walsh walsh_a@cde.state.co.us