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The CDE Scoop - November 20, 2013

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Accountability & Improvement

Register for a Unified Improvement Planning Progress Monitoring Sessions - Grand Junction Location Added for Dec. 3

Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, the progress monitoring session focuses on implementing a continuous improvement cycle across the school year that brings the UIP alive. Participants work with and plan for interpreting data from the most common interim assessments and early literacy assessments used in Colorado. They will build a plan for using interim assessment data throughout the school year to determine if action steps are having the desired effects on student learning. Participants will identify how to use data from implementation benchmarks to evaluate the degree to which major improvement strategies are being implemented, and make adjustments as needed. This session will also address how to engage various stakeholders, including school accountability committee members, in progress monitoring. Participants will leave with processes, protocols and tools for engaging with local planning teams to monitor the progress of school and district improvement efforts.

The UIP progress monitoring sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Pueblo on Thursday, Nov. 21 and in Grand Junction on Tuesday, Dec. 3. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register at
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642

Attend the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21

The online public meeting is Thursday, Nov. 21 from 8 -10 a.m. Visit
Dial-in: 1-855-840-9121

The agenda includes:
-Welcome, approval of minutes
-Educator evaluation guidance
--Colorado Growth Model for teacher evaluations: report update and
--Using school performance framework for educator evaluations: discussion and feedback
-READ ACT draft rules
-Alternate education campus in district performance framework draft rules
-Public comments & action items

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth consists of state and national experts on longitudinal measurement of academic growth for accountability purposes, convened by the commissioner of education to provide recommendations to the state board of education.

For More Information, Contact:
Dan Jorgensen
Accountability & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6763

Data Systems

Learn More About Data Pipeline

Join the Colorado Student Information System users group at the 16th annual Infinite Campus User Conference. The conference will be held at the Denver DoubleTree Hotel, 3203 Quebec St., in Denver, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3 - 4. CDE will present ”Data Pipeline in Motion!” to inform attendees of upcoming changes in departmental data collections.

For more information, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shellie Scobee
Phone: 303-646-1837

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Learn About the Release of the State Model Evaluation Online Performance Management System

CDE is working in partnership with RANDA Solutions, Inc. to create an online performance management system to support districts and BOCES in the implementation of the Colorado state model evaluation system. RANDA will power the state model online performance management system and is entirely optional for districts. Each district has the autonomy to select a vendor or design a performance management system locally that best meets their needs. Beta testing for the state model online performance management system will begin in spring of 2014 and the system will be available for optional district use beginning in the 2014-15 school year. To learn more, download the fact sheet via the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Joslyn Robich
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6221

Exceptional Student Services

Register for Specific Learning Disabilities: Basic Reading Skills - Building a Strong Foundation for Reading Success

This multi-component professional development project targets assessment and instruction/intervention related to the foundational reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding. Reading deficits in these skill areas are commonly exhibited by students with specific learning disabilities. Teams that include at least one special educator and one general educator are especially encouraged to register, although individual registrations will also be accepted.

Initial regional workshop date and location options are:
Tuesday, Jan. 14 (Vail)
Thursday, Jan. 16 (Denver Tech Center)
Tuesday, Jan. 28 (Colorado Springs)
Thursday, Jan. 30 (Westminster)

The registration deadline is one week prior to the workshop date. A flyer with a full description of the project components and registration links are available below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969

Attend a Fall Intensive Support Training

Professor and distinguished university scholar Terry Scott, will facilitate this training about converting a simplified functional behavior assessment into simple and sustainable behavior intervention plans in the classroom.

Directors of special education and coordinators, district and school-based mental health providers and behavior specialists; district and school-based PBIS coaches and PBIS team members are encouraged to attend.

The trainings will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the following dates:

-Monday, Dec. 9 at the Adams 12 Conference Center, 1500 E 128th Ave in Thornton. To register, visit

-Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Dr. in Colorado Springs. To register, visit:

Registration closes Monday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. This training is funded by CDE and is at no cost to participants. Lunch is provided. In order to achieve equitable access for all, registration may be limited per district.
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For More Information, Contact:
Anik Egloff
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6641

Standards & Assessments

Submit Your TCAP Early Test Window Request by Friday, Dec. 6

This is a reminder that the TCAP early test window request survey closes Friday, Dec. 6. Districts with special scheduling needs wishing to administer 2014 TCAP tests earlier than the regular testing windows must submit a request before this deadline.

To access the TCAP early test window survey:
• Visit
• Login to Navigator with your TCAP user ID and password.
• On the my programs page under forms & registrations, click on the TCAP early test window request survey link to fill out your request and select done.

CDE is encouraging districts to complete TCAP by the end of March, so that TCAP does not interfere with CMAS science and social studies. Districts may want to consider using the early testing window.

For help with the survey, contact the TCAP help desk at 800-994-8557.

For More Information, Contact:
Clayton Hollingshead
Assessment Unit
Phone: 303-866-6997

Support & Intervention

Register for Online Courses for Academic and Behavioral Supports

The Office of Learning Supports is offering multiple online courses that can be taken this spring. These courses will provide attendees with content related to implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports. Participants in these course will engage in learning activities that build knowledge and skills, and instructors will provide feedback and coaching related to participants' practical application of content.

A list of available classes and class details are available at the link provided. Participants will earn continuing education credit. Adams State University credit is available for an additional fee. Please note: A brief pre-requisite assignment will be required after registration and prior to the beginning of the course.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Watchorn
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6262

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