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Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory

Needs Inventory Results

The Colorado School District Needs Inventory was administered by CDE, in collaboration with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), from March 27 to April 4. Superintendents, BOCES directors and charter and approved facility school leaders were encouraged to complete the needs inventory to share the needs of schools and districts across the state, including support for learning at home and the general needs of the surrounding community.

Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Education Initiative

Results of the needs inventory reflect data collected as of Wednesday, April 15. CEI provided data management, analysis and reporting of the needs inventory results and conducted brief regional follow-up interviews in mid-April. 

Regional analysis of the needs inventory was conducted based on the eight regions in the map to the right. View the district/BOCES-level findings of the needs inventory with regional follow-up data

Inventory results include:

  • A total of  370 respondents, with 184 of those representing districts or BOCES and 186 representing charter schools.

  • Nearly 91%  of Colorado districts/BOCES which serve 90% of the state's public school students. Of the responding school districts, 83% represent rural communities. 

  • Only reflect the school district or BOCES responses; charter school responses were shared with CDE’s Schools of Choice office for review and follow-up.

Needs inventory highlights

  • The top four education supports identified as the top priorities across all regions of the state were: student emotional support, technical supports for delivering remote learning, online instructional support for teachers and family engagement practices.
  • The estimated number of students without access to a Wi-Fi-enabled device is 52,918 statewide or approximately 6% of students in the represented districts/BOCES.
  • The estimated number of students without access to the internet at home is 65,860, or approximately 8% of students in represented districts/BOCES. 
  • While there was variability in the top community need identified across regions, internet connectivity and food access were the two community needs that commonly appeared as a top need in most regions across the state.

Top Education Supports Needed Across Colorado School Districts

Needs inventory - top education needs graph

  • Every region elevated mortgage and rent support as a top need except the Southeast Region.
  • Three-fourths of regions indicated that unemployment assistance was an urgent community need.
  • Mental health and counseling services for either students or families were prioritized in 50% of regions. 


CDE - Instructional Supports

Floyd Cobb

CDE - Community Resources

Misti Ruthven

CEI - Aligning Needs & Resources

Rebecca Holmes

Technical / Web

Michelle Gebhart