The Colorado Department of Education

Offices | Staff Contacts | Colorado.gov

<< Return to The Scoop Archive

The CDE Scoop - October 16, 2013

Note: These Scoop items may appear in a different order than seen in the original email publication.

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Attend "Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning," a Training on the Western Slope

Submit Your Accreditation Category; Submissions are Past Due

Data Systems

Attend a Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing Collaborative Training

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Register to Attend the Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series

Exceptional Student Services

Register to Attend the Level 2 Autism Training on Transition

Federal Programs

Attend a Comparability Webinar

Comment on State Waiver for 1003g Title I School Improvement Grants

Attend the 2013-2014 Supplemental Education Services Reallocation of Unrequested Funds Webinar

Attend a 2014-2015 E-rate Training

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Receive Guidance on Ensuring Accuracy of School Employee School Meal Applications

News & Notes

Participate in Family and School Partnership in Education Month

Standards & Assessments

Provide Feedback on School Readiness Assessment Recommendation

State Board of Education

State Board Meeting December Date Change Impacts DPF/SPF Release

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Attend "Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning," a Training on the Western Slope

The Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning training session is coming to Grand Junction on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This session will focus on how planning teams will use data sources other than TCAP as part of the Unified Improvement Planning process.

Provided by CDE in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, participants will get a head start on using the K-3 literacy assessment data (currently used to identify students with significant reading deficiencies for the READ Act). Participants will also get support in incorporating additional data related to post-secondary and workforce readiness into data analysis, analyzing ACCESS data and using TELL survey results as part of root cause analysis.

School and district level planning teams can register at http://svy.mk/15I0sqx. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 25.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Accreditation Category; Submissions are Past Due

The deadline for districts to submit an accreditation category for each of their schools to CDE was Tuesday, Oct. 15. If districts have not yet accredited their schools this is past due and should be completed as soon as possible. The online accreditation and request to reconsider system is located at http://bit.ly/1bw9A28. A username and password are required. The online submission form must also be accompanied by signed approval from the local school board president.

For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778
Email: knevals_j@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Attend a Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing Collaborative Training

Colorado Children and Youth Information Sharing Collaborative will present three trainings on the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Lourdes M. Rosado, associate director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA will speak on FERPA and also discuss the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), rules about substance abuse and confidentiality.

These free trainings will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street in Pueblo. Register at http://conta.cc/1bw8tzo

Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Aurora Summit Conference and Event Center, 411 Sable Blvd in Aurora. Register at http://conta.cc/15Fy34j

Thursday, Oct. 24 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Aurora Summit Conference and Event Center. Register at http://conta.cc/1hUGLxV

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jan Rose Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Register to Attend the Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series

To support districts as they navigate the new evaluation process, the Educator Effectiveness team is offering a series of webinars on timely topics. The next webinar is on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. and will highlight how to establish a process for using student learning objectives in educator evaluation and how to use the Assessment Review Tool. To register for this webinar and view upcoming webinar topics, visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Majors
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6678
Email: Majors_T@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register to Attend the Level 2 Autism Training on Transition

This comprehensive training will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder specific transition assessments, planning and preparing the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder for employment and living environments. Writing meaningful and attainable transition plans for secondary students on the autism spectrum will be covered along with individual education programs that meet Indicator 13 transition requirements for Colorado. The training will also cover individual education programs that focus on autism specific best practices and educational programming for school and transition-aged students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The trainings are from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and registration opens at 8 a.m.There is no cost to attend.

To register for the Tuesday, Nov. 5 training in Denver, visit http://svy.mk/1cV168w.
To register for the Thursday, Nov. 7 training in Pueblo, visit http://svy.mk/17tGptk.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Attend a Comparability Webinar

No Child Left Behind requires districts that receive Title IA funds to demonstrate that their Title I schools are comparable to non-Title I schools in the same grade span and that Title I funds supplement, but do not supplant, state and local funds. The online comparability system will open soon, pre-populated with 2011-2012 data. Authorized respondents will need to update the system with 20120-2013 data.

Webinars are scheduled for those involved in comparability data collection and reporting. Pre-registration is not necessary. The dial-in number is the same for all three webinars: 1-866-684-8605.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m., http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r87mmdjiccm/
Friday, Nov. 1, noon, http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r1yjfeiq29h/
Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r4kh2q0mkmc/
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Donna Morganstern
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6209
Email: morganstern_d@cde.state.co.us



Comment on State Waiver for 1003g Title I School Improvement Grants

CDE is requesting public comment regarding four waiver requests it is submitting to the U.S. Department of Education as part of the application for Title I School Improvement Grant funds (1003(g)), as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The state believes the waivers will increase the quality of instruction and improve academic achievement in Colorado's lowest performing schools.

Summary of Waivers:
1. Extend the period of availability of school improvement funds to Sept. 30, 2016.
2. Permit local education agencies to implement a Title I schoolwide program in a Title I participating school if that school does not meet the requisite 40 percent poverty threshold.
3. Replace its lists of Tier I, II, and III schools with its list of priority schools that meet the definition of “priority schools” that were identified in accordance with its approved request for ESEA flexibility.
4. Allow Colorado to utilize a minimum N of 20 or fewer students in the identification of schools to increase the validity and reliability of the list of lowest performing schools by excluding schools with very small student populations.

Submit comments or concerns by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

For More Information, Contact:
Patrick Chapman
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6780
Email: Chapman_P@cde.state.co.us



Attend the 2013-2014 Supplemental Education Services Reallocation of Unrequested Funds Webinar

This Title IA webinar provides information and support to school districts that are required to offer supplemental educational services during 2013-14. The webinar will be held Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 - 11 a.m. and cover the procedure that school districts need to follow to reallocate supplemental education services set-aside funds, once it has met all the requests for this tutoring.

Title IA personnel involved with supplemental education services are encouraged to attend. To join the meeting: http://bit.ly/H1pvfm. Dial in: 866-601-0566

Note: The webinar will be recorded and be available on the website within a few days following the event.

For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us



Attend a 2014-2015 E-rate Training

CDE is offering beginner and advanced training sessions for the 2014-15 E-rate funding year. Training is available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.

The beginning training session is designed to introduce new applicants to the E-rate process. This training will go over the history of E-rate, application process, and form completion. Applicants are encouraged to bring forms completed in previous years and documentation to complete the form 470.

The advanced session will cover new proposed forms 470 & 471 in addition to eligible services, contracts, funding issues, appeals and Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). If there is a specific topic of interest, be sure to add that topic when completing the registration form.

Training dates and locations:

Colorado Springs - Pikes Peak BOCES
Wednesday, Oct. 30 - beginners
Thursday, Oct. 31 – advanced

Greeley - High Plains Library
Thursday, Dec. 12 – beginners
Friday, Dec. 13 – advanced

Metro - Mile High United Way
Founders Room
Monday, Dec. 16 – beginners
Tuesday, Dec. 17 - advanced

Grand Junction-Basil T. Knight Building
Tuesday, Jan. 28 – beginner
Wednesday, Jan. 29 – advanced

To register for a training, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/72G7X2H.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
DeLilah Collins
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6850
Email: collins_d@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Receive Guidance on Ensuring Accuracy of School Employee School Meal Applications

Recently, there have been incidents in some areas of the U.S. where school district employees allegedly misrepresented their incomes in order to receive free or reduced price school meals for their children. In order to assist state and local school officials with addressing this problem, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and CDE are offering guidance on ways to ensure the accuracy of the income information provided by school district employees.

In the school meals programs, local educational agencies are required to verify any questionable application on a case-by-case basis via a household submitting proof of the information they provided on the application. This is known as “verification for cause.” LEAs can use verification for cause to review approved meal benefit applications when known or available information indicates school district employees may have misrepresented their incomes on their applications. Verification for cause must not be used automatically in this situation, but school employee applications can be included among the list of questionable applications. The USDA recommends that an LEA consult with legal counsel and the state agency in establishing the parameters of verification for cause for school district employees.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Otey
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6450
Email: Otey_J@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Participate in Family and School Partnership in Education Month

Gov. John Hickenlooper designated October as Family and School Partnership in Education Month. The goal of this special month is to actively share information and support families and educators working together to ensure learning success for every student, from pre-school to postsecondary and workforce readiness and including higher education.

During the month, the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education highlights partnering resources to support stakeholders as they work together. This week’s highlighted resource is the Family, School and Community Partnering Network Bulletin from the Office of Learning Supports and Exceptional Student Services.

Available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/rti/family, the bulletin lists trainings and resources to support effective partnering practices focused on student success. This edition describes S.B. 13-193, concerning increasing parent engagement in public schools, and invites interested stakeholders to participate in a monthly Community of Practice. Interested persons may subscribe to the bulletin by contacting Kim Watchorn at watchorn_k@cde.state.co.us.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Dascher
Exceptional Student Services and CDE SACPIE Representative
Phone: 303-866-6876
Email: dascher_c@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Provide Feedback on School Readiness Assessment Recommendation

CDE seeks feedback on a recommendation to extend the implementation timeline for the school readiness provisions of Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K) in advance of the Nov. 13 state board of education meeting. The board voted at their December 2012 meeting to offer districts a menu of school readiness assessments and approved Teaching Strategies GOLD as the first assessment tool for the menu. Over the past year, CDE guided districts in implementing the initiative in either the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school year. This summer, the state solicited additional assessments for consideration for the menu. The School Readiness Assessment subcommittee met to review submissions and found no assessments that met the criteria established in CAP4K for a school readiness assessment.

CDE plans to recommend to the state board of education extending the implementation timeline by one year to allow for more assessment options to be available to districts. This would give districts additional time to support kindergarten teachers with implementation of the new standards and the READ Act while thoughtfully planning for the school readiness work in advance of full implementation in the 2015-16 school year.

Please send your feedback to Suzanne Rougier at rougier_s@cde.state.co.us by Friday, Nov. 1.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


State Board Meeting December Date Change Impacts DPF/SPF Release

The board voted to approve moving their December 2013 meeting dates from Dec. 4 & 5 to Dec. 11 & 12. As a result of the meeting change, the 2013 School and District Performance Frameworks will be approved and released on Dec. 11, instead of the previously reported Dec. 4 date. The board also approved the 2014 proposed board meeting dates.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: (303) 866-6817
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us






CDE Logo
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado
80203-1799

Phone: 303-866-6822 or 303-866-2334

Do you know somebody in your school district who needs to read The Scoop each week? Send an e-mail to: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us with "Sign Me Up For The Scoop" in the subject line. If you are having trouble signing up, please call the communications office at the telephone numbers above.
For more information, contact Janelle Asmus, 303-866-6822, in the CDE Office of Communications. (http://www.cde.state.co.us/Communications/index.html).

Copyright (C) 2008 Colorado Department of Education All rights reserved.

<< Return to The Scoop Archive

For technical assistance, E-Mail: asmus_j@cde.state.co.us