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The CDE Scoop - November 7, 2012

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

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Accountability & Improvement

Help Us Prepare for the 2013 TELL Survey

The third iteration of the biennial Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey will launch in February 2013. This online survey will promote discussions in schools and districts about instruction, planning time, professional development, school improvement and related policy issues.

In preparation, CDE will send out "headcount numbers" (based upon data from the 2011 HR collection) at the end of November to district superintendents and HR contacts to determine the number of codes sent to each school for staff to access the survey. Districts must confirm the numbers by Dec. 14. Schools and districts must have at least 50 percent participation to view their own data for improvement efforts. Inaccurate counts could result in an interference with schools getting their TELL survey data back.

Start planning now how your data can inform improvement planning efforts and to get a good response rate in your schools and district.

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Medler and Annette Severson
Phone: 303-866-6993 and 303-866-6824
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Need Help with Your UIP? Sign Up Now!

Register now for sessions that will help ensure your plan is complete and headed in the right direction. CDE Improvement Planning staff will be on hand to answer your questions. The sessions are open to districts and schools, whether submitting in January or April. Register for a session at:
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642

Data Systems

Need Help with Your 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection? A New Tool Will Do Just That

One-half of local education agencies have begun the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection data submission process and 8 percent have certified their data.

As a result of a suggestion by Superintendent Bruce Hankins, a new specialized tool completes the CRDC that is designed for small school districts with a small number of students. The tool is a zeros template that can be used on the CRDC website to pre-populate the race ethnicity tables with zeros to reduce the burden for small LEAs. Once the zeros template is uploaded the LEA can enter the small amount of data by deleting zeros. The CRDC website for collecting CRDC data includes something called skip logic that tailors the school level data tables and questions for the grades you select. In combination with the skip logic, this zeros template tool will make the collection less burdensome and much easier for a school district to enter its data and complete the CRDC.

Contact Jan Rose Petro if you would like to receive the template and instructions.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Rose Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838

Exceptional Student Services

Sign Up for A Special Education December Count Training

The Exceptional Student Services Unit and Data Services Unit will conduct webinars specific to the special education December count staff and student collections, which will also provide general information regarding the Data Pipeline.

The webinars are for data managers, HR directors and special education directors.

December webinar dates for count data summary and data detail reports and data validity will be announced in the coming weeks.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kristi Gleason
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-4620

Attend the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting - Nov. 15

The next meeting of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, Nov. 15. To view the agenda, visit the link below.

The state-level committee is mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children/youth with disabilities. The committee includes parents of and individuals with disabilities, educational service providers, administrators and representatives from a variety of related agencies. Participation is statewide and representative of diverse disabilities.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943

Federal Programs

Submit Your Supplemental Educational Services Providers Request for Proposal

The supplemental educational services providers request for proposal is now available. This is a request for a proposal to add reading, writing, math and English language development providers to the current supplemental educational services provider list in Colorado. Only providers approved through this request for proposal will be included on the state’s approved list of SES providers.

This is not a competitive grant in that as many providers can be included on the approved provider list as meet the specified criteria. Proposals are due Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

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For More Information, Contact:
Wes Montoya
Federal Program Administration
Phone: 303-866-6298

Attend a Consolidated State Performance Reports Data Collection Webinar

In compliance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, CDE collects and reports additional data from all school districts receiving Title I funds each year. The 2011-2012 CSPR data will be collected online Nov. 9 - Dec. 14 and includes questions about how many students were served in Title I-A programs and the services they received.

CDE will host a webinar which will take less than one hour to provide assistance in completing the report. Details are provided at the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Leslie Baca
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6700

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Nov. 14 & 15

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its November board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 & 15. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the CDE offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.


Wednesday, Nov. 14
-Rulemaking hearings

-Lt. Gov. briefing
-Review of department recommendations concerning district Plan Type Assignments
-Next steps regarding review of educator licensure
-School readiness assessment recommendations

Thursday, Nov. 15
-Budget update
-State board legislative priorities
-Recognition of students who achieved a perfect score on the ACT

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting and a detailed agenda including support documents is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817

Support & Intervention

Participate in the Credit Recovery Programs Survey

CDE is conducting a survey of public high schools regarding the use of credit recovery programs. Data collected will help identify the types of credit recovery programs currently in place, understand the perceived benefits and shortcomings of those programs, and determine what technical assistance and supports are needed to develop more effective credit recovery programs.

High school and district-based staff that make decisions about credit recovery programs, whether they have a program in place or not, are encouraged to participate.

Participation in this 35 minute survey is voluntary, but your responses are valuable. The survey closes Friday, Nov. 16.
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For More Information, Contact:
Peter Fritz
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: (303) 866-6601

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