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Ascend Colorado (AnLar)


Ascend Colorado is the new, customized Individualized Education Program (IEP) system currently under development with the Colorado Department of Education by AnLar LLC. The new system is designed to support implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Ascend will be used statewide by teams of educators, service providers, and families to develop and implement Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs). It will be available to all Administrative Units (AU) beginning July 1, 2021. Please visit the Colorado Ascend website for more information.

The Department has committed to working with Frontline and its Excent Enrich program through the 2021-22 school year, which will allow districts to continue using that system while the state transitions to the new one. More information will be available soon about the transition.

CDE Resources

Ascend (AnLar) Meeting Invitation

Do you have questions or just want to learn more about Ascend Colorado? AnLar and CDE are offering one-hour interactive learning sessions on updates and frequently asked questions related to Ascend. Please select one of the four available time options to participate. Registration will be limited to 35 participants for each session to allow time for questions. Please only select one meeting date when registering, and only two participants per AU. Meeting details and Zoom link will be emailed separately before the call.

Meeting Dates and Times

  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2-3 p.m.


To register, follow this link and select the date you would like to attend.

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