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Colorado's ESSA State Plan 

In December of 2015, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students and gives states more flexibility and decision-making power at the local level. This law also requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special help for struggling schools. You can read the Every Student Succeeds Act here.

As part of ESSA, each state had to conduct significant outreach to collect input for their plans. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) engaged with thousands of Coloradans in the development of the plan through 2016 and the early part of 2017. This process provided Coloradans a chance to closely examine the state’s education system, adjust some priorities and gather feedback about what is working and what should be changed. Please visit our Hub and Spoke Committees pages and the ESSA Feedback page to read about the process and comments received throughout stakeholder engagement. CDE also  releases an overview of Colorado’s ESSA state plan. This ESSA summary report is intended to provide a clear explanation of the issues addressed in Colorado’s plan.

On May 9, 2017, CDE submitted Colorado’s ESSA state plan and went through a number of revisions as state officials worked with federal reviewers to clarify how the state plans met with ESSA’s statutory requirements. Colorado's state plan was approved by USDE on May 7, 2018.

News and Updates

 

New: As of February 18, 2022

Every state that accepts funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) must have an approved methodology for meaningfully differentiating the performance of and identifying schools for support and improvement. Colorado’s methodology was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in 2018 as part of the ESSA State Plan. ESSA requires identification of two types of schools for support and improvement (Comprehensive and Targeted Supported and Improvement, in Colorado referred to as CS and TS), based on five indicators: (for specifications on Colorado’s ESSA identification methodology, please visit CDE’s website on the ESSA Identification Methodology and Criteria): 

  • Academic Achievement

  • Academic growth on state assessment

  • Graduation Rates

  • Progress on English language proficiency for English learners

  • Indicator(s) of school quality or student success (SQSS)

Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education has invited State educational agencies (SEAs) to submit an addendum to modify their approved ESEA consolidated State plans for the 2021-2022 school year, in order to identify schools for support and improvement in fall 2022.

CDE is proposing to use this flexibility to propose one-year changes to its methodology for identifying schools in fall 2022. The proposed changes to each type of school are explained in the following PowerPoints and recorded webinars.

Please use the following Survey Forms to provide feedback on the proposed methodology for each type of school:

CDE is also proposing to use this flexibility to propose one-year changes to the School Quality or Student Success (SQSS) Indicator. The proposed changes to the SQSS Indicator are explained in the following PowerPoint and recorded webinar. 

Please use the following Survey Form to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the SQSS Indicator:


Archive of News and Updates

 

Archive of Spoke Committee Webpages


Archive of Resources


You can e-mail your questions and comments to ESSAquestions@cde.state.co.us.