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Request to Reconsider and School Accreditation

Pause on 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19

A second year of Accountability Pause (2021-2022) has been authorized by the Colorado legislature. The state's accountability system has been paused for 2020-21 and 2021-22. More details on the implications of a pause in accountability are available in the links below.



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 Office Hours

CDE staff will be available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process this fall. Districts that would like individualized assistance reviewing any local data in the meantime can register via this link for office hours (held via phone). Office hours will begin Tuesday, Aug. 27, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. until the request to reconsider process concludes.

Request to Reconsider Decisions

District Accreditation and School Plan Type Assignments Request to Reconsider Summary (PDF) - Dec 11, 2019
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  • Request to Reconsider Template (Excel) - Aug 2019
    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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