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2024 Count Date: Tuesday, October 1


Each year all public school districts across the state of Colorado participate in the Student October Count data submission to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The purpose of this data collection is to obtain required student level data as provided for by state statute, including information regarding students’ funding eligibility and lunch eligibility (“Free,” “Reduced,” or “Paid”) as outlined in the Public School Finance Act of 1994 (Section 22-54-101, C.R.S.). The Colorado Department of Education collects these data through the Data Pipeline with the Information Management Services (IMS) unit of CDE overseeing the collection.

In an effort to ensure accurate reporting of those data fields associated with student and at-risk funding, the School Auditing Office of the School Finance Unit for the Colorado Department of Education conducts periodic compliance audits of each district’s student October count data, including a review of documentation to support free and reduced-price lunch eligibility.

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Some forms recommended by the School Auditing Office may contain personally identifiable information of students and districts should take additional precautions.​ Local education agencies must use secure means when sending Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to CDE.  If transferring PII between districts, schools, or with other parties, CDE strongly recommends that districts use a secure method of transferring PII between districts, schools, or with other parties (for example, a secure file sharing tool like Syncplicity, or including the PII in a password-protected document). For more information, please visit the Data Privacy and Security website or contact CDE’s Data Privacy Office.

Resource Guides

Annual Audit Review Resources

Beginning with the 2024 Student October Count data collection, the School Auditing Office is changing its approach to the required compliance audits.  Refer to the following documents for more information:



For information regarding the compliance audit process for Student October Counts through the 2023-24 school year, refer to the Audit Process through 2023-24 document.

Prior Audit Resource Guides

Prior versions of the Audit Resource Guide can be found by clicking here.

Audit Documentation


Click here to view the School Auditing Office's calendar of important dates and deadlines (link)


Click here to view the School Auditing Office's upcoming trainings and recorded webinar trainings (link)


At-Risk Measure Resources

HB22-1202 created a new at-risk measure in the public school funding formula.  Pursuant to SB24-188, this new measure will be implemented starting with the 2025-2026 school year.


Supplemental Resources

Internal CDE Resources

For more information about the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, please visit the Office of School Nutrition's Determine Program Eligibility website.

Please contact Rebecca McRee ( if an alternate version of any of these documents is needed.