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About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! This e-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.

Celebrate Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, a perfect time to thank teachers for the dedication, adaptability and resilience they have demonstrated throughout the last few years. CDE invites education leaders to participate and give thanks to the teachers in your schools and districts.

During this week, CDE encourages everyone to share a post, image or video with a sign thanking a teacher on social media using the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO. To help districts and schools celebrate, CDE has created resources to spread the word. Access social media graphics, sample posts, and more on the Teacher Appreciation Week webpage.

CDE also encourages thanking exceptional teachers by nominating them for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year award. Nominees are notified and encouraged to fill out the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year application, which is now available. The application will remain open through Wednesday, June 29. The nomination form, application and details are available on the Colorado Teacher of the Year webpage. CDE thanks Denver 7 for its support of Colorado Teacher of the Year program.

For questions, contact the CDE Communications Office at

May 2022

Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Accountability Updates for 2022

Senate Bill 22-137, known as the “Transition Back to Standard K-12 Accountability” bill, was signed into law by the governor on April 13, 2022. The legislation requires the department to calculate frameworks in 2022-23, but suspends automatic advancement on the accountability clock. The percentage of students contributing to the growth indicator is added to the framework for informational purposes. The request to reconsider process will be offered and can be used to exit performance watch by moving to “on watch” or exiting the clock fully if certain conditions are met, including receiving an Improvement plan type or higher and experiencing 90% total participation on state assessments. Additional information was shared with accountability contacts in April and is available on the accountability website.

The State Board of Education rules were noticed during the April 13 board meeting. A summary with more details can be found here. A clean draft rule language is available on CDE's website here, and a redlined draft is here. 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 use this form. The board anticipates voting on the rules in June, the deadline for submitting comments is Monday, May 23. Public comments will be included in CDE's presentation to the state board in June.

The department is maintaining and updating a webpage with frequently asked questions as decisions are made about the 2022 accountability system.  Information on state and federal accountability is included.  More resources are being developed, including a Performance Framework Changes Document and updated Accountability Handbook, and will be posted on the website.

2022-23 Unified Improvement Plan template available 

The Unified Improvement Plan template rolled over to the 2022-23 template on April 15. School users no longer have access to edit their 2021-22 UIPs in the online system; however, district-level users will still have access to past plans. If a school or district UIP was reviewed in the 2021-22 school year, feedback can still be found in the UIP feedback tab in the UIP online system or the UIP Feedback for District Users Dashboard

The School Improvement and Planning team has drafted a new template for school UIPs in partnership with stakeholders from schools and districts across the state. CDE is looking for schools to participate in a pilot of the new template to test new features and give substantial input to inform the next design phase of the template.  View the recruitment flyer for more information and to access the interest form. Interest forms are due Monday, May 16. 

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado 

TLCC reports are being finalized and will be ready for release in May. Districts will get access to their results for one week prior to the public release.  As a reminder, results will be made available for schools that have at least 50% participation and at least five respondents. The department is making district results available with 40% participation and at least 10 respondents. New items include: Student and Staff Wellness, Pandemic Impacts, and questions specifically for Education Support Professionals. Flat files of the data will be available by request.

Call for Family, School, and Community Promising Partnership Practices

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, in collaboration with CDE, is collecting promising partnership practices from schools, districts, early childhood programs and institutes of higher education across the state to publish in the seventh annual Promising Partnership Practices -- Colorado book. SACPIE and CDE invite schools, districts, early childhood centers, institutions of higher education, accountability committees, parent-teacher committees or any other school- or district-based council to submit an application for consideration in the publication.  The purpose of this book is for schools, districts and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success. For more information, to view previous practices and to submit a new practice, visit the Family-School-Community Partnerships webpage.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 3, 2022: FSCP Promising Partnership Practice Submissions 

June 30, 2022: Optional Industry Credential/Career Development Incentive Program Data Submission 

More Information

For more information, contact Rhonda Haniford, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6202, or visit


Assessments administered by CDE include summative content assessments as measures of college/career readiness, English language proficiency assessments and alternate content assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  The Colorado Measures of Academic Success are the state tests in English language arts  for grades 3-8, math for grades 3-8 and science for grades 5, 8 and 11.  In spring 2022, Colorado administered the PSAT to 9th and 10th graders and the SAT to 11th graders.

What's Happening Now

Return Assessment Materials

Scorable and non-scorable assessment materials must be returned to the assessment vendor upon completion of testing. Scorable CMAS materials must be picked up by UPS from the district no later than Wednesday, May 4, and non-scorable CMAS materials must be picked up by UPS no later than Thursday, May 5. All PSAT/SAT materials were to be picked up no later than Friday, Apr. 29. 

Updates to Assessment Demographic and Invalidation Data

After assessment administration, District Assessment Coordinators and data respondents can update student demographic data and apply invalidation codes, including parent excusal, to student records.

Districts will have two opportunities to update student demographic and invalidation data for assessments managed through PearsonAccessnext -- CMAS: mathematics, English language arts (including CSLA), science and CoAlt: science:

  • Initial PearsonAccessnext data clean up (district and school levels) – Prior to May 6
  • Final PearsonAccessnext data clean up (district level) – May 9-11

Demographic and invalidation data (Special Circumstance Codes) for the CoAlt: English language arts and math (DLM) assessments can also be updated in the KITE system during and shortly after the assessment window; however, the vendor’s system cannot be used to update state use fields.  

Districts also have the opportunity to review and make corrections to demographic and invalidation data through CDE’s voluntary Student Biographical Data review process for all state assessments. The remaining SBD windows for this year are included in the following table.

Tentative Spring 2022 Assessment Student Biographical Data Review Windows


Tentative SBD Window


ACCESS for ELLs Alternate

Friday, Mar. 18 – Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2022 (completed)


Monday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 24, 2022

CMAS (including math, English language arts, CSLA and science)

CoAlt: science

Thursday, May 19 – Wednesday, June 1, 2022

CoAlt: English Language Arts and Mathematics (DLM)

Wednesday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 8, 2022

What's on the Horizon

2022 Reporting Timeline 

CMAS ELA and Math student level data files and summary data files are scheduled to be available to districts and schools in PearsonAccessnext by the end of June. Reports, including electronic student performance reports, are scheduled to be available throughout July, and hard copy student performance reports are scheduled to be sent to districts at the end of July.

As a reminder, the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards in science were scheduled to be fully implemented in schools this school year. CMAS science reporting will take longer this year because Colorado students saw science items aligned to the 2020 standards for the first time this spring. Standard-setting for the revised CMAS and CoAlt science assessments will likely occur after the spring 2023 assessment administration. For this reason, science reporting for this spring’s assessments will provide normative achievement indicators in the form of percentile ranks but will not include the performance level information that is typically provided. Criterion-referenced reporting is expected to resume after the spring 2023 science administration.

CoAlt ELA and Math student level data files are scheduled to be available to districts via Syncplicity in June, and PSAT and SAT individual student level files are scheduled to be available to districts via Syncplicity in early July.

Detailed reporting timelines will be sent to District Assessment Coordinators.

Tentative Spring 2023 Testing Windows

For district planning purposes, the table below shows the tentative testing dates for spring 2023 state assessments.



Tentative Test Dates


K – 12

January 9, 2022 – February 10, 2023

CMAS: ELA and Math

CoAlt: ELA and Math (DLM)**

3 – 8

April 10, 2023 – April 28, 2023

     Extended test window dates: TBD

CMAS: Science

CoAlt: Science

5, 8, & 11

April 10, 2023 – April 28, 2023

     Early high school test window dates: TBD


9 & 10

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 – Friday, April 14, 2023

     District Choice for Primary Test Date*

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 – Thursday, April 27, 2023

     District Choice for Make-up Test Date*



Wednesday, April 12, 2023

     Primary Test Date

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

     Make-up Test Date

CoAlt: ELA and Math (DLM)**

9, 10, & 11

Test dates for students taking CoAlt in grades 9, 10, and 11 should align as closely as possible with the schedule for students taking the PSAT or SAT assessments in those grades.

* Each school administers the PSAT on one of the three available primary test dates. PSAT 9 can be administered on a different date than PSAT 10.  Districts may make a district-wide schedule or may allow individual schools to select their primary PSAT test date.

** To the extent possible, students taking the alternate assessment in a content area for which they are participating in a general education class should be assessed at the same time as their general education peers to avoid missed instruction. Schools may also ensure that students taking the alternate assessment do not miss instruction from their general education classes through other means.

Get your Educators Involved in State Assessment Content Development

CDE highly regards the collaborative partnership that has been established with Colorado educators on state assessments and is grateful for the many Colorado educators who have contributed to the development of the state assessments thus far. Please share with educators in your district that the best way to influence assessment content is through participating in educator meetings held throughout the development cycle. CDE continuously seeks Colorado educators with expertise in the concepts and skills reflected in the Colorado Academic Standards in mathematics, reading, writing and communicating, science and social studies at the assessed grade levels. Educators with expertise in special education and in working with English learners are also critical to the assessment development process.

To be added to the educator pool, interested educators should submit information through the Pearson Colorado Educator Database.

Participating educators are reimbursed for travel expenses to the meeting site. Those who travel more than 35 miles to the meeting site are provided with hotel accommodations for the day prior to the start of the meeting through the last day of the meeting. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided during the meeting. Participants staying overnight receive a per diem for dinner. Pearson reimburses the school for the cost of substitute teachers to cover classes. If a substitute is not needed because school will be out of session, participants are paid a daily honorarium.

Upcoming educator meetings:

Tentative Timeline

Spring and Summer CMAS and CoAlt Educator Content Development Meetings

Early May

CMAS Science Operational Range finding

Early June

CSLA Rangefinding

Early June

CMAS ELA Rangefinding

Early June

CoAlt Educator Feedback Session


CMAS Science Field Test Rangefinding

Late June

CMAS Math Range finding

Late June

Science Cognitive Complexity Meeting

Late June

CSLA Content, Bias and Sensitivity Review Meeting


CMAS Math Content, Bias and Sensitivity Review Meeting

Late June

CMAS ELA Content, Bias and Sensitivity Review Meeting

Early August

CMAS ELA Data Review Meeting

To be determined

CMAS Math Data Review Meeting

To be determined

CMAS Science Content, Bias and Sensitivity Review Meeting

To be determined

CMAS Science Data Review Meeting

To be determined

Science Braille Review

Important Upcoming Deadlines

May 2: ACCESS for ELLs results available for download in WIDA AMS

May 4: Last day for scorable CMAS (all content areas) and CoAlt (science) scorable material pickup by       UPS

May 5: Last day for CMAS (all content areas) and CoAlt (science) non-scorable material pickup by UPS

May 6:

  • Deadline for submitting CMAS online Post Test Compliance Report and return scratch paper verification to CDE through Syncplicity
  • Deadline for submitting CMAS Testing Irregularity or Security Breach Report and spreadsheet to CDE through Syncplicity as applicable

Through May 6: Initial CMAS and CoAlt Science PearsonAccessnext Clean-up (school and district level)

May 9-11: Final CMAS and CoAlt Science PearsonAccessnext Clean-Up (District level)

May 16-24: Tentative PSAT/SAT Student Biographical Data Review window

May 19 - June 1: Tentative CMAS (all content areas) and CoAlt (science) Student Biographical Data Review window

June 1-8: Tentative CoAlt DLM English language arts and math Student Biographical Data Review window

More Information

For more information, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer,, or visit

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

2022-23 Educator Effectiveness Assurances opening May 4

Each year, by July 1, districts and BOCES are required to submit assurances that they are implementing the State Model Evaluation System or another evaluation system that is aligned to the requirements in state statute and rules for teachers, principals and special services providers. 

Superintendents, BOCES directors or appointed designees may submit their Educator Effectiveness Assurances for the 2022-23 school year beginning Wednesday, May 4. Visit the Assurances for Educator Evaluation Systems webpage for details on the assurances process.

For more information on the assurances process, contact Carolyn Haug, director of Research and Impact, at Additionally, your Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialist is available to provide support on evaluation processes for districts and BOCES.

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, or visit


What's Happening Now

ESSER Expanded Learning Opportunity application open

 The online ESSER Expanded Learning Opportunities application launched Monday, May 2. All applications are due by Tuesday, June 28. The ESSER ELO Grant program will support districts and community-based organizations in creating new or expanding existing expanded learning opportunities that address students’ academic and personal needs, ensure families can continue to engage in and support their students’ learning, and ultimately continue to strengthen schools and communities during COVID-19 recovery through afterschool and summer programs. The program is funded under the American Rescue Plan’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief state reserve.

ESSER State Reserve -- ARP ESSER III Supplemental Applications

LEAs, BOCES, Administrative Units, and facility schools that have received an allocation from the State Reserve of ARP ESSER III as a Supplemental Award must submit either a preliminary application, or, if ready to do so, a full application by Friday, May 20. CDE has developed an ESSER III Supplemental Application Checklist to support grantees with submitting either the preliminary or full application. If a preliminary application is submitted by Friday, May 20, the remaining required elements must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 2.

Consolidated Application for ESSA Funds


The 2022-23 Consolidated Application platform is open for local education agencies to update their LEA plan responses, as needed, and enter the LEA’s proposed 2022-23 budget. This application for the use of ESEA funds is due to CDE by Thursday, June 30. The paper application is also available on the CDE website and can be a helpful planning tool. 

Any remaining Post Award Revisions for the 2021-2022 Consolidated Applications must be submitted to CDE by Wednesday, June 15.


CDE has developed a New Directors’ Launchpad, as a resource for any new LEA personnel responsible for development and implementation of ESEA programs and submittal of the Consolidated Application. This new resource provides an overview of each ESEA program and includes a year-at-a-glance planner, which is helpful for tracking required activities and tasks over the course of the year, either by overall ESEA programs, or each individual program separately.

Training and Technical Support

In-depth training on the application system, submittal process, allowable uses of funds, and the review and approval process was provided at the April Regional Networking Meeting. Recordings are available on the ESEA Regional Networking Meetings website. Additionally, a Virtual Training Library with recordings and slides for each of the sections of the Consolidated Application is available. 

In May, CDE will provide Cons App work sessions. During these workshops, LEAs can work on either an online version of the application on their own laptops or bring a paper copy to begin drafting responses to be added to the online application at a later time. CDE staff will be available to support LEAs on completing their applications and prepare for the June 30 deadline. 

The following work sessions have been scheduled across the state:

  • Metro Region: Friday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bemis Public Library in Littleton – Register Here

  • North Central and Northeast: Thursday, May 19, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Greeley School District Family Center – Register Here

  • Pikes Peak and Southeast: Tuesday, May 10, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak BOCES – Register Here

  • Southwest: Thursday, May 19, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Durango School District Administration Building – Register Here

  • Northwest and West Central: Wednesday, May 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Basil T. Knight Center in Grand Junction – Register Here

LEAs are welcome to attend any of the above regional meetings, regardless of the location of the LEA. If none of the above work, LEAs may also request technical support by emailing Shannon Wilson at, or Karen Bixler at If multiple requests are received from a particular region, additional regional meetings will be added.  

For support or questions, please contact the ESEA Regional Contact assigned to your district.

What's on the Horizon

ESSER Data Reporting Requirements

CDE has received the ESSER Data Reporting requirements from the U.S. Department of Education. The most recent data collection specification file from the U.S. Department of Education has several hundred data elements. CDE has determined that the ESSER I, II and III applications contain the necessary information for CDE to be able to meet all but two data elements of the reporting requirements on behalf of our LEAs and grantees. The 2020/2021 data reports are due to the U.S. Department of Education by Friday, July 1. 

CDE is currently using applications to prepare for the reporting on behalf of all LEAs, so individual LEAs do not have to submit data. However, there are two required data elements for which CDE does not currently have the necessary information. CDE has developed two short surveys to collect the two data elements needed and will be releasing the surveys in early May. Each LEA will receive one of the surveys based on whether or not the LEA allocated funds to schools in the ESSER budgets.

The surveys are due Friday, May 27. Additional information will be emailed to the LEAs’ ESSER Authorized Representatives.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, director of the ESEA office, at

Organizational Effectiveness

The four-day school week application for 2022-23 is due in May.  The End of Year, Special Education Discipline and Special Education End of Year collections open in May. Districts will have the opportunity to conduct SAT/PSAT and CMAS Student Biographical Data (SBD) reviews and verification in May and the DLM SBD review in June.

What's Happening Now


The four-day school week application for 2022-23 is open.  These applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 11.  Districts may also request school code changes for the 2022-23 school year.  These requests must be made by Thursday, June 30.

SAT/PSAT Student Biographical Data

The window for SAT/PSAT Student Biographical Data review will be between Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 24. 

CMAS and CoAlt Science and Social Studies Student Biographical Data

The window for the CMAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and CoAlt Science Student Biographical Data review will be between Thursday, May 19, and Wednesday, June 1.   

2021-22 Spring READ Assessment Reporting

The Reading to Ensure Academic Development is open until Friday, July 1. All districts must submit files by Friday, June 17, at which time the cross-LEA validation process commences.

2022-23 Literacy Programs & Assessment Reporting

READ Literacy Programs and Assessment Reporting is now open until Friday, July 1. Districts must annually report the READ Act administered interim and diagnostic assessments along with the core, supplemental and intervention instructional literacy programs for grades K-3 for each school operated by the local education providers, including charter schools.

Teacher Student Data Link 

The teacher student data link interchange file is open as well as the teacher student data link snapshot.   For the 2021-22 school year, all districts are required to report TSDL data for students in grades 6 – 12 only.  With this school year being a reportable Civil Rights Data Collection year, it is advised to also report all computer science courses as well for the 6th-12th grade students as this subject is required for the CRDC file.   Additionally, all courses are required to be reported for 8th-12th grade migrant students.  The TSDL snapshot is open and is due Friday, Aug. 12.

School Discipline

School Discipline is open and will be due Friday, Aug. 19.


The Attendance snapshot is open and will be due Thursday, Aug. 25. 

Special Education Discipline

The Special Education Discipline interchange is available for districts to upload their Sped Discipline Action file. Administrative units may take snapshots once the districts have uploaded their files and the Special Education IEP child and participation files have been updated. This collection will close Thursday, Aug. 25.

Designated Agency

The 2021-22 Designated Agency data collection is open in the Data Pipeline for alternative licensure educator preparation programs to enter 2021-22 candidates until Wednesday, Aug. 31.


Migrant Regional Programs must withdraw all attending students at the end of the regular term within the Migrant Student Information System. The Migrant Student Cognos List Guides is now located on the Data Pipeline Interchanges - Student webpage under additional resources.

The TSDL Migrant Student Cognos List Use Guide is available on the Data Pipeline Interchanges - Teacher/Student Data webpage, under Additional Resources.

Each guide has step-by-step instructions on how to access your district’s Migrant Student Cognos List. Should you have questions regarding your district’s Migrant List, please reach out to your local Migrant Education Programs who coordinate and deliver services to migrant students.

Student End of Year

The 2021-22 End of Year snapshot is in a soft open phase. Business rules and documentation will continue to be updated through the spring.  The official open is scheduled for Thursday, May 5.

Special Education End of Year  

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is available to Administrative Units beginning Monday, May 2.  This collection will close Thursday, Sept. 29.

What's on the Horizon

Districts will have the opportunity to conduct CoAlt: English Language Arts and Mathematics Student Biographical Data review and verification in early June. READ has an important interim deadline mid-June.  School Code change requests have a due date at the end of June. 

Important Upcoming Deadlines

05/11/22:  Four-day school week applications due

05/24/22:  SAT/PSAT Student Biographical Data due

06/01/22:  CMAS and CoAlt Science and Social Studies Student Biographical Data deadline

06/08/22: CoAlt: English Language Arts and Mathematics Student Biographical Data due

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Annette Severson, principal data analyst of data services, 303-866-6824, or visit

Postsecondary Readiness

What's Happening Now

Invitation to Discuss the Career Development & Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit

The new Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit, part of the Career Development Incentive Program, contains a plethora of information on engaging students and families in career development and industry credentials, Colorado's Top 10 Industry Credentials, and integrating industry credentials in your district.

Join members of the Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness and partners to learn how this new toolkit can be used to benefit students.

What: The PWR of the Career Development & Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit

When: Thursday, May 5, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Virtual - Register for the webinar on Zoom.

Please contact Janae Hunderman at, or Marina Kokotovic at with questions.

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 Andy Tucker, Director of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness, 303-866-2089, or visit

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Office of Learning Supports

The Colorado Multi-tiered System of Supports Online Academy provides users with continuing education units that count toward their licensure recertification when lessons are completed.  Module topics include systems coaching, team driven shared leadership and universal design for learning.  They can be accessed on the COMTSS website.  For more information about COMTSS Online Academy please contact Kristen Brown, director, Office of Learning Supports at

Standards and Instructional Support

CDE Update Message

The presentation of the final recommendations for revisions to Colorado’s social studies standards is being changed from the May to the June State Board of Education meeting. The change provides board members and the public adequate time to review proposed changes prior to the presentation from the social studies committee. All meeting materials, including the committee’s final recommendations, will be available on Tuesday, May 3, on the standards review webpage.

Preschool through Third Grade Office 

2022-23 READ Act Interim Assessments Review:

CDE is seeking stakeholder feedback from eligible reviewers on the rubric used to evaluate interim assessments. The review window for stakeholder feedback will be Tuesday, May 17 - Sunday, May 22. Stakeholders wishing to provide feedback should email with the subject line: “ASSESSMENT REVIEW." In the email, stakeholders should include contact information, a brief description of their background and an assurance that they are not associated with an assessment vendor.

 2022-23 Teacher Training Completion Reporting:

The 2022-23 Teacher Training Completion collection opens on Monday, August 1. Through Data Pipeline, Local Education Providers  are required to report the K-3 teachers who have completed the training. The deadline to have files submitted to Data Pipeline is Wednesday, Aug. 31.   

2022-23 Literacy Programs & Assessment Reporting:

READ Literacy Programs and Assessment Reporting is now open until Friday, July 1. Districts must annually report the READ Act administered interim and diagnostic assessments along with the core, supplemental and intervention instructional literacy programs for grades K-3 for each school operated by the local education providers, including charter schools.

For more information regarding READ Data Pipeline collections, please visit the READ Data Collection webpage on the CDE website. Please contact Whitney Hutton at with any questions.   

What's on the Horizon

Teaching and Learning CoLabs

This summer, teachers and leaders are invited to attend Teaching and Learning CoLabs, a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching and other organizations and CDE. The dates and host sites for this summer's CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 2, hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction
  • Wednesday, June 8, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley
  • Tuesday, June 21, hosted by CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo

Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and/or content areas. Focus content areas for 2022 include English language arts, health and physical education, mathematics, science and computer science. For more information, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs website.

For questions, contact Maya M. Garcia at

Important Upcoming Deadlines

  • May 1, 2022: registration for CDE provided face-to-face Summer 2022 reading training closes.
  • Aug. 1, 2022: All teachers who provide literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade three, must complete CDE-approved training in teaching reading by Aug. 1, 2022, which is when the data collection submission window will open.
  • Aug. 15, 2022: Teachers should submit documentation of their completed training through the COOL licensing system. If a teacher does not submit documentation to COOL and does not receive a designation on their license by Aug. 15, 2022, then the LEP will be required to submit evidence of completion to CDE through alternative means which may delay the release of funding. 
  • Aug. 31, 2022: Districts must ensure and report that all K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading by reporting the documentation that each individual teacher has completed by Aug. 31, 2022. The information provided in this report will be used to calculate district compliance percentages to release READ funding.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, at