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A regulation made by a local authority; an ordinance. 

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is about helping students, workers and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their working potential.

Child Welfare Agency

Child welfare agency refers to the Department of Human Services and county branches. View a list of names of county branches.


A systematic and comprehensive compilation of laws, rules, or regulations that are consolidated and classified according to subject  matter. 

Community Service or Service Learning

Service-learning is an evidence-based teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful service with youth leadership, academic instruction and guided reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic and personal responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment means a student is simultaneously enrolled in a local education provider and in an institute of higher education or career and technical courses. 


By Colorado law, a dropout is a "person who leaves school for any reason, except death, before completion of a high school diploma or its equivalent, and who does not transfer to another public or private school or enroll in an approved home study program." A student is not a dropout if he/she transfers to an educational program recognized by the district, completes a G.E.D. or registers in a program leading to a G.E.D., is committed to an institution that maintains educational programs, or is so ill that he/she is unable to participate in a homebound or special therapy program. Students who reach the age of 21 before receiving a diploma or designation of completion (“age-outs”) are also counted as dropouts.

English Language Proficiency

"A fluent English proficient student (FEP) speaks, read, or writes a language other than English, and is able to comprehend, speak, read, and write English on a level comparable to his or her monolingual English- speaking peers."


Extracurricular activities refer to programming outside the regular school curriculum of courses, which include sports and afterschool programs. 

Facility School

Facility refers to a day treatment center, residential child care facility, or other facility licensed by the Deparment of Human Services. 


Family Educational and Privacy Act: The law protects student data and educational records. A school district shall not release the education records of a student to any person, agency, or organization without the prior written consent of the parent or legal guardian of the student.

Homeless Child Liaison

Identify your district Homeless Child Liasion.

Homeless Youth

Any displaced child or youth who is living in a shelter, motel, inadequate trailer or house, is staying temporarily with relatives or friends due to economic hardship or loss of housing, or is living in any other homeless situation has educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Local Education Agency (LEA)

Local eaducational agency means the local school district 

Migrant Youth

A migrant child is defined as a child who is, or whose parent, spouse, or guardian is, a migratory agricultural worker, including a migratory dairy worker, or a migratory fisher. View a complete definition and more information.

Out-of-Home Placement

Also known as foster home. 

Out-of-Home Youth

Foster care (also known as out-of-home care) is a temporary service provided by States for children who cannot live with their families. Children in foster care may live with relatives or with unrelated foster parents. Foster care can also refer to placement settings such as group homes, residential care facilities, emergency shelters, and supervised independent living. View more information about Foster Care Education.

Personally Identifiable Information

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Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness means the knowledge and skills that a student should have attained prior to or upon attaining a high school diploma.


The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws. 


A written law passed by a legislative body.