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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! Each month, this publication will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources.

This online format allows you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information.


June 2019


Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Submit AEC Selection of Measures by June 28

By Friday, June 28, all Alternative Education Campus (AEC) schools must submit measures and aggregated data for optional measures for the 2019 AEC School Performance Frameworks through Data Pipeline with district or authorizer approval. Office hours are available via Sign Up Genius.

For more information, visit the AEC Accountability webpage.

For assistance with this process or questions, contact B Sanders at sanders_b@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-2865, or Jessica Watson at watson_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6778.

Attend the Colorado Growth Model Summit

CDE will host a training session for the Colorado Growth Model including differentiated sessions for district staff in accountability or assessment roles, technical and non‐technical users of the Colorado Growth Model. The full-day session will provide opportunities to plan and access materials to use in local training. This session will take place Tuesday, June 18, and will be the first of other training opportunities to investigate how the Colorado Growth Model is applied to CMAS, PSAT/SAT and WIDA ACCESS.

Registration for this event and additional information can be found on EventBrite.

While this event will be held in the metro area, we are keenly aware there is interest in this topic across the state. We are using the opportunity of this June date to develop tools and resources that can be used by districts to support the training of staff.  Please know the intent is that the topics addressed in this session will be brought to regional trainings and customized based on interest of BOCES and districts.

For those who would like an in-person deep dive on technical elements, contact Dan Jorgensen at jorgensen_d@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6763 or Erin Loften at loften_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642.

Update accountability and family partnership contacts 

Districts with new accountability, Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) or family partnership contacts for the 2019-20 school year must provide CDE with information about the new representatives.

Contact Darcy Hutchins for more information at hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-5921.

Roll over of UIP to 2019-20 on June 7

School and district UIPs have been published on SchoolView.org. The template will roll over from the 2018-19 template to the 2019-20 template on Monday, June 7. At that time, all schools that log into the system will log into their 2019-20 UIP. Districts will continue to have access to all past plans, but the default will be the 2019-20 template.

As CDE reviews new state legislation and works with other programs over the summer, adjustments and enhancements to the template may be made. Customized directions will be available in the pre-populated report by early September. 

Adjust District Improvement Plan Submission Deadlines

As your district, board and schools begin planning for next year, consider adjusting the UIP submission timeline to an earlier submission date, such as Oct. 15. While not required, this will ensure planning is aligned to implementation. The improvement plan can then be re-posted with any updates at any time using the “Ready for SchoolView” button.

If your district would like to receive early feedback on Priority Improvement and Turnaround plans prior to the required Jan.15 submission date (e.g., submit plans on Oct. 15 with feedback delivered by Dec. 15), contact Lisa Steffen, steffen_l@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6676 to discuss an earlier submission and review window.

New state accountability data visualization tools and resources available

In response to feedback, the School Quality and Support website has been refreshed and several new resources have been published. This includes a new Calculation Guidebook that details the performance framework calculation methodology. Additionally, two new data visualization tools have been released:

  • The Performance Snapshot summarizes key elements of performance framework results and improvement planning efforts for each school and district along with contextual information.
  • The State Accountability Data Explorer tool makes school, district and state-level performance data (previously released in Excel workbooks) easier to visualize and explore trends.

View these on the State Accountability Data Tools and Reports webpage.

The 2018 District and School Performance Framework Calculation Guidebook is available (PDF).

For questions, contact Molly Donovan at donovan_m@cde.state.co.us or 720-827-7615.

What's on the Horizon

Request to Reconsider process

CDE staff will be available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process after the School and District Performance Frameworks are released in the late summer. Exact dates have not yet been finalized for the process. Additionally, prior to the frameworks' release, CDE will have in-person office hours set up at the CASE conference in late July and several webinars to be held in August. If a district would like assistance reviewing any local data in the meantime, contact Jessica Watson at watson_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6778.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 7: Roll over to the 2019-20 UIP template
June 10: Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness for AECs Symposium
June 18: Colorado Growth Model Summit
June 28: Actual Measures and Data collection for the 2019 AEC SPF closes in pipeline.

More Information

For more information, contact Alan Dillon, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6202, dillon_a@cde.state.co.us or visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability.

Assessments

Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments, English language proficiency assessments, college/career ready assessments and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies. The PSAT and SAT are administered to high school students in grades 9-11.

What's Happening Now

Updates to CoAlt: English Language Arts and Math demographic and invalidation data

Districts have the opportunity to review and make corrections to demographic and invalidation data (Special Circumstances Codes) for the CoAlt: English language arts and math (DLM) assessments through CDE’s voluntary Student Biographical Data Review (SBD) process until Wednesday, June 5.

A reference document, Coding Parental Excusals (PDF), is available to help districts identify how parent excusal should be coded for each assessment.

What's on the Horizon

2019 state assessment results

Assessment reporting details and timelines will be sent to DACs. DACs provided with access to CMAS results are then able to grant access to other district personnel as deemed appropriate by the district.

State assessment overall and disaggregated results, as well as growth results, are expected to be presented at the August State Board of Education meeting. All state assessment results will be embargoed and must not be publicly disseminated, distributed or published by any means until they are publicly released by the state in August.

However, districts and schools may share confidential individual student performance reports with parents upon receipt of the reports and may use aggregated and individual student level results internally for informational and planning purposes before the public release of results at the August state board meeting. Distribution of confidential results within your district must be in accordance with state and federal laws and local school board policy.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 5:  CoAlt: DLM ELA/Math SBD window closes.

More Information

For more information, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, 303-866-6760, zurkowski_j@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment.

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

Educator Talent rules approved for principal and Special Services Provider

During its April meeting, the State Board of Education approved changes to the Rules for the Administration of a Statewide System to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Licensed Personnel, 1 CCR 301-87, specifically for the Principal and Special Services Provider (SSP) Quality Standards and Elements. This action was informed by multiple stakeholder groups, including technical working groups, a steering committee (for SSPs), focus groups around the state, and an online feedback form. 

CDE will update all rubrics housed in the Colorado Performance Management System (RANDA) and districts and BOCES will be expected to use these updated Standards and Elements for the 2019-20 academic year. Districts using unique systems for evaluation will need to ensure alignment.

In the coming weeks, finalized rubrics for all 10 groups (principal and nine SSP groups including school audiologists, school counselors, school nurses, school occupational therapists, school orientation and mobility specialists, school physical therapists, school psychologists, school social workers, and school speech language pathologists) will be updated along with resources to assist districts/BOCES. All of these documents can be found on the Educator Effectiveness (EE) revisions webpage.

For feedback or questions, visit the EE Contact Us webpage and connect with your regional specialist. 

Adoption of new Endorsement Standards

The State Board of Education adopted new rules in April for the Principal Quality Standards, Specialized Service Professionals Quality Standards and Administrator Endorsement. These updated rules are part of the Rules for Administration of the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 (1 CCR 301-37). Educator preparation programs (EPPs) must begin to align current programming to these new standards for any of their related endorsement programs during the 2019-20 academic year. All upcoming EPP reauthorizations will be aligned to these new standards. Updated standards can be found in the matrices available for download section of the Standards Matrices webpage

Other updates to 1 CCR 301-37 include rules for the newly created Teacher of Record License and the option to renew the Special Services Intern Authorization for an additional year if the intern has not completed the approved program of preparation due to unforeseen circumstances or hardship.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Simons at simons_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6793.

Additional Retaining Teachers Grant Program funds - RFP coming soon

Additional funds have been made available for the Retaining Teachers Grant Program in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.  CDE will be releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP) over the summer with applications due in early September.  Stay tuned to the Scoop and Educator Talent News for announcements regarding the RFP.  Information and updates will also be posted on the Retaining Teachers Grant Program web page.

For information on all of the teacher-related grants available, please visit this webpage

For additional information, contact Jennifer Simons at simons_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6793.

New principal and administrator PRAXIS® exams

At the May State Board of Education meeting, new Principal and Administrator PRAXIS® exams were adopted. The first updated exam is the Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (5412), with a passing score of 146, which will replace the current exam (5411). The second adoption was the PRAXIS® exam, School Superintendent Assessment (6991) test with a passing score of 162. The transition to these two PRAXIS® exams will take place Sept. 1, 2019. 

For additional information, contact Jennifer Simons at simons_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6793.

2019-20 Educator Effectiveness Assurances due July 1

Each year, by July 1, Colorado school districts and BOCES must submit assurances that they are implementing the State Model Evaluation System or another evaluation system that is aligned with Senate Bill 10-191 and State Board Rules for Written Evaluation Systems. Districts and BOCES must complete and submit the online form by Monday, July 1. Please be sure you have collected all necessary information and documentation necessary BEFORE opening the web form as you cannot save your progress within the online form and return to it later. 

Assurances directions and resources, including the required signature page, are available on the Educator Effectiveness website.

For additional information or questions contact Carolyn Haug at haug_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6923.

Invitation to participate in TEACH Colorado

All school districts and BOCES are invited to join TEACH Colorado: a new, statewide initiative focused on teacher recruitment. Deadline to join the first cohort is Saturday, June 15.

TEACH Colorado is an innovative and collaborative multi-year partnership, designed to elevate the image of teaching, recruit more applicants to educator prep programs (EPPs), and, over time, increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of talent coming to all our K-12 public schools throughout the state. 

A webinar for our districts, BOCES and charter schools was conducted on May 16. You can view that webinar and recording online at any time to learn more. You may also view a separate webinar recording for EPPs here. While TEACH Colorado aims to have all Local Education Agencies in the state participate, we will begin with an initial cohort of partners that will be featured on a statewide web portal for teaching. There is no financial commitment to join.

In order to be included in this initial cohort, please contact Brit Havey, Senior Program Manager of TEACH Colorado by Saturday, June 15. 

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent, 303-866-6945, oneil_c@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent.

ESSA

 

 

What's Happening Now

2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Application

2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Applications are due no later than Sunday, June 30. Districts and BOCES may begin to obligate funds on Monday, July 1, if the minimum requirements for substantial approval of the application have been met. This includes the submission of the following:

  • Consolidated Application submission
  • BOCES Member District ARAC Forms (in application)
  • Approval & Transmittal Signature Form (in application)
  • Approved Supplement Not Supplant Demonstration Under Title I, Part A (one-time submission unless modified)
  • Equitable Services to Nonpublic Schools Consultation Form(s)
  • Native American Education Tribal Consultation (Yearly Affirmation) Form (if applicable)

If the LEA/BOCES is unable to submit all of the required forms for Substantial Approval by Sunday, June 30, the LEA/BOCES may submit a completed ESEA Consolidated Application Extension Request. The LEA/BOCES may not obligate funds until a complete application has been submitted to CDE and CDE has granted the application Substantial Approval or final approval. Once the extension request has been submitted and approved, the LEA/BOCES has until Tuesday, July 30, to submit requirements for Substantial Approval.

Technical Assistance Plan

As you prepare your 2019-20 ESSA Consolidated Applications, various types and formats of ongoing support will be provided now through Sunday, June 30. LEAs can connect with their ESEA Regional Contact via phone or email, make an appointment for one-on-one technical support and assistance or participate in a regional office hours listed below.

ESEA Program Teams will be available by phone on Sunday, June 30, at the request of LEAs. It is important to distinguish that system (online platform) support will not be available over the weekend. So, if an LEA has trouble submitting due to software issues, they will have to wait until Monday, July 1, to submit.

For ESSA consolidated application questions contact your district’s ESEA Regional Contact. For more information, visit the Consolidated Federal Programs Application webpage.

Region

Contact

Email

Phone Numbers

Metro

Varies by District

See Website

See Website

Northeast

Joey Willett 

Barb Vassis

willet_j@cde.state.co.us

vassis_b@cde.state.co.us

303-866-6700 

303-866-6065

Southeast

Laura Meushaw

Tammy Giessinger

meushaw_l@cde.state.co.us

giessinger_t@cde.state.co.us

303-866-6618 

303-866-6992 

Southwest

Jeremy Meredith

Brad Bylsma

meredith_j@cde.state.co.us 

bylsma_b@cde.state.co.us

303-866-3905

303-866-6937

Northwest

Kristen Collins 

Robert Thompson

collins_k@cde.state.co.us 

thompson_r@cde.state.co.us

303-866-6705 

303-866-6342

What's on the Horizon

Title I Comparability

CDE is no longer collecting data from LEAs with Title I schools and will conduct analyses in late spring of each year using the HR Collection to verify compliance or flag non-compliance with ESEA comparability requirements. LEAs identified as not comparable via the HR collection for the previous year will be notified and asked to submit demonstration of compliance via the Alternative Calculators. Starting with the 2019-20 school year, if a district does not meet comparability either through CDE calculations or the alternative methodology, the district must demonstrate compliance prior to submitting the following year's Consolidated Application. Districts are recommended to assess comparability using local data and addressing any non-comparability as early in the school year as possible to avoid any impact or delays on the subsequent year’s Consolidated Application approval. 

Webinar training will be provided in August regarding the comparability requirements under ESSA, CDE’s calculation methodology, alternative calculators and using local data to ensure that services are comparable early in the school year prior to CDE’s analyses in spring.

In the meantime, questions can be directed to Barb Vassis at vassis_b@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6065, or Nazie Mohajeri-Nelson at mohajeri-nelson_n@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6205.

Upcoming Fall Directors Meetings

The Federal Programs unit will host five full-day Directors Meetings in the first three weeks of September to dive into ESEA requirements and plans for the 2019-20 school year. Meetings are being planned in the following areas: Golden, Limon, La Junta, Alamosa, and Glenwood Springs. Notification will be sent in the near future with dates, locations and registration information.

Additionally, a New Directors Meeting will be scheduled for the day before or after the directors’ meeting in each location. These meetings will provide an opportunity for directors new to their roles or desiring a refresher, to learn all about program requirements for all ESEA Programs.

Save the Date for the Equity and Excellence Conference

The Federal Programs and Exceptional Student Services Units, in collaboration with the Office of Turnaround, will host the fourth annual Equity & Excellence Conference Oct. 24-25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Denver.

The theme of this year’s conference is strengthening historically underserved students’ opportunities through effective programs and practices. The goal is to provide district and school leaders the opportunity to explore evidence-based practices in a collaborative setting, and walk away inspired to advance equity.

Additional information and registration will be included in the next CDE Update.

Monitoring Plans and Timelines (2019-20)

The Federal Programs unit is identifying districts for monitoring during the 2019-20 school year. Districts selected for monitoring will be notified in August. Training to prepare districts to successfully participate in monitoring will be provided September through November. Districts participating in Tier I monitoring will be able to submit documentation December through January, via an online platform. Districts selected for Tier II or III monitoring will be contacted in August to collaboratively build the timeline for submitting documentation and scheduling a site visit.

For more information, please contact your district’s ESEA Regional Contact.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 30: Deadline for submission of the Consolidated Application

 

More Information

For more information on Federal Programs, contact Patrick Chapman, executive director, 303-866-6780, chapman_p@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/essa.

Organizational Effectiveness

What's Happening Now

Student Biographical Data

Districts will have the opportunity to complete the last Student Biographical Data (SBD) review and verification for CoAlt: English Language Arts and Mathematics (DLM) through Wednesday, June 5. 

READ

Districts must have their Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) data file and Budget Planning Survey submitted and locked by Friday, June 14. The deadline to file re-submissions for the cross LEA validation process is Monday, July 1.

School Discipline and Attendance

The School Discipline and Attendance collection is currently open and will close Friday, June 28. 

Directory

  • Districts must request school code changes for the 2019-20 school year by Friday, June 28. 
  • LEA calendars for 2019-20 may be entered between now and Friday, July 12. 

Alternative Education Campus (AEC) Planned Measures Collection

The AEC Planned Measures for the 2020 AEC SPF collection will close Friday, June 28.

AEC Actual Measures and Data Collection

The AEC Actual Measures and Data Collection for the 2019 AEC SPF will close Friday, June 28.

TSDL

The 2018-19 Teacher Student Data Link is open and available for reporting data for districts with migrant students.  All other districts are also able to report TSDL data, however it is not required. To clarify, all districts do not need to submit the course instructor file. 

For districts with migrant students:

  1. Local courses codes must be mapped,
  2. course enrollment file must be uploaded for any 8th-12th grade migrant student receiving partial or full credit and,
  3. the snapshot must be created and finalized for migrant students. 

​For districts without migrant students:

  1. local courses codes do not need to be mapped,
  2. no TSDL data file is required to be uploaded and 3) the snapshot does not need to be created or finalized. LEAs are requested to have their 2018-19 migrant student course mapped and enrollment data reported no later than Friday, June 28.

Migrant

Districts can access your Migrant Student List through Data Pipeline. Monthly, LEAs can access a Cognos Report in Data Pipeline entitled “Migrant Student List”, which can be pulled by school year and district and is located under the “Teacher Student Data Link” under the COGNOS reports tab. The district must have the TSL LEAUSER or TSL LEAVIEWER roles in order to see the Teacher Student Data Link folder in Cognos. The COGNOS Migrant List/Report has the following columns:  SASID, Last Name, First Name, Birth Date, School Code, Migrant Arrival Date and Migrant End Date. The report can be downloaded into Excel and from there imported into your Student Information System (SIS). Please ensure your district has uploaded a current Student School Association file (SSA) to receive the most up to date Migrant List. Should you have questions regarding your migrant list, please reach out to your local Migrant Education Programs who coordinate and deliver services to migrant students by accessing this link Colorado Migrant Regional Contacts.

RITS and EDIS

The Record Integration Tracking System (RITS) and Educator Identification System (EDIS) Enhancement and Modernization Project is in full swing.  The team is working hard to provide a more streamlined look and feel to both the RITS and EDIS Systems, as well as a more user friendly platform. A new suffix field in the RITS System. A pilot for RITS and EDIS was begun in May and is ongoing. July is our “go live” goal for both RITS and EDIS.

Special Education Discipline

The Special Education Discipline Interchange and Snapshot are both available. By Thursday, June 6, every administrative unit must created at least one snapshot. This collection will close on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Designated Agency

The 2018-19 Designated Agency collection is open. Designated agencies may enter 2018-19 candidates into the Data Pipeline until Friday, Aug. 30.

Special Education End of Year

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is now available to Administrative Units. This collection will close Thursday, Oct. 3.

Student End of Year

The 2018-19 Student End of Year snapshot is open and districts may create snapshots.The target date for creating an initial snapshot is Thursday, June 6. 

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 5:  CoAlt: Alternate English language arts & mathematics (Dynamic Learning Maps) SBD deadline

June 14:  READ data file and Budget Planning Survey submitted and locked

June 28: 

  • School Discipline and Attendance collection deadline
  • School Code Requests and Change Forms due
  • AEC Planned Measures Collection deadline
  • AEC Actual Measures and Data Collection deadline
  • Teacher Student Data Link for migrant students due date

July 1: READ final due date

July 12: District calendars for 2019-20 due within Directory

More Information

For more information on Data Pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, petro_j@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/datapipeline

Postsecondary Readiness

What's Happening Now

Attend the Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Symposium

CDE is convening a Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Symposium on Monday, June 10, to engage school and district leaders in a conversation about capstone, work-based learning, industry certifications, Individual Career and Academic Plans, graduation rates, and accountability for AECs. 

The conference will be at the Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center in Colorado Springs.

View details and registration information on the symposium invitation (DOC). For questions, contact Erin Loften in the Improvement Planning Office at loften_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642, or Andy Tucker in the Postsecondary Readiness Office at tucker_a@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-2089.

P-TECH Basics Webinar

CDE and Colorado Workforce Development Council will present an interactive webinar on the basics of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) for LEPs, community colleges and business partners interested in operating a P-TECH. The webinar is scheduled from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, June 17. Funding, requirements, career pathways, partner responsibilities and the application and approval process will be discussed. 

Visit the P-TECH Resources and Training webpage for webinar access instructions.

For more information, contact Mary Anne Hunter at 303-866-6596 or hunter_mary@cde.state.co.us.

Concurrent Enrollment

Beginning in the 2020-21 academic year, Senate Bill 19-176 supports expansion of concurrent enrollment opportunities for Colorado students. Over the next year, CDE staff will work with schools and school districts to provide guidance and support to implement and clarify provisions of the bill. This fall, CDE staff will release an application for the $1.5 million Concurrent Enrollment Expansion and Innovation Grant Program created in the bill. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the Concurrent Enrollment listserv for specific updates on this conversation and the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board meetings.

For specific questions regarding SB19-176, please contact Andy Tucker, director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, at tucker_a@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-2089.

 

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Misti Ruthven, executive director of Student Pathways, 303-866-6206, ruthven_m@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary.

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Standards and Instructional Support

Phase III Modules available

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has developed learning modules in an effort to support understanding of the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. These modules were intentionally designed to be delivered at the local level for smaller and rural districts that may not have district-level support. However, any size system can use the training materials. CDE designed each learning module to be delivered in sequence. Each of the 17 modules begins with goals and objectives to establish a purpose for learning. The modules explore the skills, concepts, and knowledge educators will need to demonstrate their progress toward standards literacy as measured by a variety of formative assessments.

Training focused on resource alignment, gap analysis and planning was released in February. Visit the 2020 Standards Implementation webpage to view these modules.

For more information contact Joanna Bruno, director of Standards and Instructional Support, at bruno_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6571.

P-3 Office

Full-Day Kindergarten: What Do Principals Need to Know?

CDE's P-3 Office has partnered with CU Denver to provide a learning opportunity for school principals and education leaders. CU Denver is offering a series of summer leadership workshops, called the Leadership Academy. These workshops are made for licensed school leaders to strengthen skills, abilities and character.

Part of the Leadership Academy is a workshop specifically focusing on the implementation of full-day kindergarten. The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to noon on both Thursday, June 13, and Tuesday, June 18, at CU Denver.

Find more information and a registration link on the CU Denver Leadership Academy webpage. For information, contact Anji Gallanos at gallanos_a@cde.state.co.us or 720-527-0497. 

Full-Day Kindergarten: Implementation Survey & Formula-Based Grant Application

House Bill 19-1262 requires each local board of education that is not offering a full-day kindergarten educational program as of the 2019-20 school year to submit a plan addressing how it could phase in a full-day kindergarten educational program. 

The submission of these plans will allow CDE to assess the needs across the state and the level of implementation that will be necessary. It is important to note that HB 19-1262 does not require districts to offer full-day kindergarten, nor does it prohibit districts from offering a half-day program. Furthermore, children are not required to attend full-day kindergarten if offered. It also prohibits districts from charging tuition for full-day kindergarten. House Bill 19-1262 provides funding for full-day kindergarten should districts choose to offer it. This funding begins with the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, HB 19-1055 provides $25 million in formula-based grants for the purpose of acquiring furniture, fixtures, or equipment needed to conduct full-day kindergarten or preschool educational programs.

CDE has created an Implementation Survey and Formula-Based Grant Application for each district to complete. This survey was designed to be as simple as possible and was sent to superintendents. CDE asks that the superintendent or designee complete and submit the survey by the close of business on Wednesday, June 12.

By finishing this survey, districts will complete the required reporting to CDE on their plans for implementing full-day kindergarten. Districts can apply for the formula-based grant through HB 19-1055, and this will enable CDE to assess the implementation needs across the state. 

Below you will find the letter from CDE to all superintendents as well as the Formula Based Funding worksheet for full-day kindergarten.


For questions regarding funding, please contact Tim Kahle at 303-866-6818 or kahle_t@cde.state.co.us.

Literacy

READ Data Submissions

Districts must have their Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) data file and Budget Planning Survey submitted and locked by Friday, June 14. The deadline to file re-submissions for the cross LEA validation process is Monday, July 1. Final significant reading deficiency counts and 2019-20 funding amounts will be emailed to district READ data respondents and superintendents on Monday, Aug. 5.

READ Act Legislative Update

On May 10, Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-199 into law which authorizes a number of changes to the Colorado READ Act. Formally known as READ Act Implementation Measures, this updated version of the READ Act was put into law to accelerate the slow rate of growth among Colorado’s most struggling readers. 

The changes to the READ Act will require planning before they can be implemented. It is important to note that there will be no changes to the spring 2019 READ data collection. Please proceed with your submissions as you have in the past. A slight reduction in the per pupil dollars from previous years is anticipated, however the department does not have specific information at this time. This change is due to the increases authorized for the Early Literacy Grant and additional responsibilities required of the department. 

CDE will host a webinar at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, to go into greater depth about the changes and to help answer any questions related to implementation. Attend via Adobe Connect.

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868 or cobb_f@cde.state.co.us.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868, cobb_f@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/teachingandlearning.

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