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The CDE Scoop - October 23, 2013

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Exceptional Student Services

Register for the Assistive Technology Literacy Tools for Students with Autism Webinar

The webinar focuses on meeting the literacy needs of school-aged children with autism by providing them with appropriate low- and high-tech assistive technologies. The training covers a variety of assistive technologies to support literacy learning and student achievement. Learn about strategies and applications for successfully implementing these technologies into the classroom. 

The webinar will be Thursday, Jan. 9. There are two sessions available: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Thursday, Jan. 2.

To register for the morning session, visit
To register for the afternoon session, visit
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Phone: 303-866-6969

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. Authorized respondents will need to update the system with 2013-2014 data.

CDE has scheduled training webinars for respondents and other district personnel whose help will be needed to compile the data and update the online system and will add webinars if the need arises.

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.,
Friday, Nov. 1, noon,
Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.,

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For More Information, Contact:
Donna Morganstern
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6209

Innovation & Choice

Attend a Graduation Guidelines Work Group Webinar

The Graduation Guidelines work groups kick-off with an introductory webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. to outline the year ahead.

When adoption of Graduation Guidelines occurred this summer, the state board of education recommended that CDE actively work with community members, schools and districts to continue the conversation. In this spirit of collaboration, the Graduation Guidelines work groups will help inform next steps in partnership with schools and districts for (1) implementation recommendations, (2) best practices identification, and (3) tools and resources development.

Given these goals, the following topic-based work groups will be formed.
• 21st Century Skills
• Assessment
• District Capstone
• Earned Industry Certificate
• Individual Career & Academic Plans
• Special Populations (students with disabilities, gifted and talented, and English language learners)
• PWR Endorsed Diploma

To join the webinar, visit
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For More Information, Contact:
Misti Ruthven
Innovation, Choice, and Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6206


Apply for the Highly Effective School Library Recognition Award

The Highly Effective School Library Program provides lifelong learning opportunities while supporting all schools as they strive to improve student achievement and prepare students for 21st century success. This prestigious award, now in its third year, recognizes outstanding school library programs. You and your principal will attend a formal acknowledgement ceremony at a state board of education meeting.

Application directions and benefits of applying are posted at the Highly Effective School Library webpage at

The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 16. For questions about the award, contact Judy Barnett, HESLP coordinator, at:

For More Information, Contact:
Becky Russell
State Library
Phone: 303-866-6772

News & Notes

Participate in Family and School Partnership in Education Month

October is Family and School Partnership in Education Month. The goal of this 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 is highlighting resources to support stakeholders as they work together.

This week’s highlighted resources support the implementation of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships (PTA, 2008), which are based on the research defining how stakeholders can work together for every student’s success.

• National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
• National Standards, Goals, and Indicators for Family-School Partnerships
• National PTA Resources

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Dascher
Exceptional Student Services and CDE SACPIE Representative
Phone: 303-866-6876

Join the Colorado Legacy Foundation

The Colorado Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with CDE and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity-building.

The Colorado Legacy Foundation seeks a director, communications and strategic engagement to forward the work of the Colorado Legacy Foundation through strategic communications tied to measurable objectives. The person will be responsible for advancing engagement with CLF’s work with the core constituencies of schools and districts in Colorado. In addition, communications and strategic engagement efforts will continue to build positive brand awareness beyond core constituencies and with stakeholders throughout Colorado and the country. This position will report to the vice president of research and impact.

For detailed information and to apply for this position, please visit the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jean De la Mata
Phone: 303-736-6477

Support & Intervention

Remedial Education Policy Review Task Force: Submit Feedback on Recalibrating Cut Scores

The Remedial Education Policy Review Task has been meeting since May 2012 to review the Remedial Education Policy, and has made suggestions on recalibrating cut-scores using Colorado specific data.

The task force looked at student ACT scores going into introductory English and mathematics. ACT did a course placement analysis with this information, and, based on this data, the task force made a cut score recommendation. The Colorado Department of Higher Education now seeks your feedback on the necessary foundational skills for success in introductory English and mathematics courses. In English we are asking this in the context of the college writing course and in mathematics we are asking in the context of college algebra, introduction to statistics and math for liberal arts.

Please forward this survey to your English and math faculty. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses will be anonymous. This survey is open until Oct. 24. Survey Link:

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For More Information, Contact:
Tamara D. White
Colorado Department of Higher Education, Postsecondary Readiness
Phone: 303-866-4036

Attention GED Prep Programs: Encourage Students to Finish Their GED Tests by Dec. 31

Last month the GED testing service announced that test-takers need to finish the GED test by the end of 2013. The current version of the test—the 2002 Series GED Test—will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores.

Please encourage students to take or finish their tests by Dec. 31. There are five sections of the test, and each section can be taken individually over time. However, test-takers need to realize that section scores from 2013 or earlier cannot be combined with section scores on the 2014 test. On Dec. 31, all individual section scores will expire. Those who have not passed all sections of the GED by the end of year will have to start over.

The new 2014 GED test, beginning in January, 2014, will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and college-readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer and offered only in official testing centers.

Denver will have four “amnesty days” this fall when the $150 test fee will be waived. These four days will take place at Denver Human Services East, 3815 Steele St. and are:
Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on the Denver GED Initiative, visit

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For More Information, Contact:
Chalmer Naugle
Postsecondary Readiness
Phone: 303-866-6359

Submit Your Truancy Pilot Projects Application

Colorado's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council is accepting applications for four truancy pilot programs. The purpose of these pilots is to learn and document (1) the causal factors of truancy (2) the effective prevention approaches that keep youth in school and on track academically and socially and increase school and student engagement and (3) the systems changes needed to successfully address truancy.

Pilot sites are eligible for up to two years of funding, up to six months to develop their collaborative strategic plan during year one with the remaining 18 months dedicated to implementation and evaluation.

This opportunity is available to community cross disciplinary collaboratives although an individual agency or organization will have to serve as the applicant agency (see solicitations for more detail on who can serve as the applicant agency).

The application and instructions are available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Meg Williams
Dropout Prevention and Engagement
Phone: 303-239-5717

Review and Provide Feedback on Draft College Policies

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is gathering feedback on the admission standards policy and remedial education policy drafts.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is required to review its college admission process (admission standards) and basic skills tests policy (remedial education policy) by December 2013. A task force has been meeting since May 2012 to review both policies. These groups have had thoughtful conversations about how these policies can help improve college-going rates and the success of students in college. A variety of revisions have been considered. Although final decisions will be made by the Commission, the groups are focusing on developing more transparent, flexible policies that will encourage greater student success in postsecondary education. CDHE would like your feedback on the draft policies.

Please complete two brief surveys after reading the policies to provide feedback. The surveys are anonymous. Both surveys close on Friday, Nov. 1.

View the admission standards policy draft at
Take the admission standards survey at

View the remedial education policy draft at
Take the remedial education survey at

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For More Information, Contact:
Tamara White
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Phone: 303-866-4036

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