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The CDE Scoop - December 4, 2013

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Accountability & Improvement

School and District Performance Frameworks Will be Released Dec. 11

The state board of education will approve the final School Performance Framework plan type assignments on Wednesday, Dec. 11. At that time, the SPF and DPF reports will become live in SchoolView and Data Center. A flat file of the SPF data will be available at the link below.

With the finalization of the school and district plan types, the pre-populated Unified Improvement Plan reports will be updated and made available on Wednesday, Dec. 11 through the same URL provided to superintendents in September. More information will be available next week.
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For More Information, Contact:
Alyssa Pearson
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6855

Data Systems

Attend the Colorado PowerSchool Users Conference Jan. 23-24

The conference is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24 at the Student Achievement Resource Center, 14188 E Briarwood Ave, in Centennial. Beginning, intermediate and advanced sessions will be offered and configured by PowerSchool user roles.

The conference is from 8 a.m - 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 and 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. Registration is $175 for one day and $200 for two days (rates increase on Friday, Dec. 13). Registration closes Saturday, Jan. 18. Group rates are available.

Superintendents, principals, secretaries, registrars and counselors are encouraged to attend.
For more information, to view sessions or to register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Joni Malli, Colorado League of Charter Schools
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-989-5356 x115

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Learn About the Quality Teacher Recruitment Grant Recipients

CDE is pleased to announce that recipients have been selected for the Quality Teacher Recruitment Grant Program. Grant funding will be provided to the Public Education Business Coalition and Teach for America to partner with Colorado school districts to recruit, train, support and retain highly qualified teachers to teach in hard-to-serve areas. Each organization will receive $1,470,000 for the two-year grant period and will be expected to place teachers in their partner districts by the start of the 2014-15 school year. PEBC will partner with Adams 12, Aurora, Jefferson County, Alamosa, Center, North Conejos, Monte Vista, Crowley, East Otero, Huerfano, Durango, Montezuma-Cortez and Ignacio. Teach For America will partner with Denver Public Schools, Harrison School District 2, and Pueblo City Schools.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kady Lanoha
Phone: 303-866-6274

Federal Programs

Submit Your Post Award Revision System Request

Opportunities to submit 2013-2014 NCLB post award revision requests are open through Friday, Dec. 20. A second submission window opens in late January or early February 2014.

The post award revision request system is available at

Final allocations are posted at

Local education agencies may submit one revision request during each window. Revision requests need to include input from all Elementary and Secondary Education Act programs (Title IA, ID, IIA, III, III Set-Asides and VIB). For the 13-14 year, post award requests are organized by strategy category tab rather than by Title program. Provide rationale for the revision within the post award system. Revisions for all strategy category tabs must be included in the request. Detailed activities (and corresponding action steps) must be described in the revised strategy-based budget.

A PowerPoint presentation with audio explaining the purpose of the post award revision request system and how to submit a request is available at
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For More Information, Contact:
Barb Vassis
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6065

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Monitoring Cycle Concludes

The six-year cycle of monitoring Colorado districts that accept Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds concluded. This includes onsite reviews with seven districts and use of a desk review protocol for a dozen other districts in the southeast part of the state.

Monitoring is required by the state and part of the agreement with the U.S. Department of Education for receipt of funds. CDE worked to make these monitorings as predictable and low-key as possible.

All districts need to be in compliance with the requirements associated with acceptance of Title IA, Title ID, Title IIA, Title IIB, Title III, Title III Immigrant Set Aside and Title VIB. The departmentís position has been to assist districts to meet these requirements and provide supportive and directive follow-up in cases where findings are issued with the goal of improving outcomes for students at risk of not meeting state proficiency standards.

For More Information, Contact:
Trish Boland
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6998

Give Input on Elementary and Secondary Education Act Consolidated Application

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Act Programs is soliciting input from stakeholders on the 2014-15 ESEA consolidated application. To submit feedback, email Trish Boland at

For More Information, Contact:
Trish Boland
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6998

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Read the Pertussis Guidelines

Colorado continues to experience epidemic rates of pertussis (whooping cough). Lisa Miller, section chief for communicable disease and epidemiology at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has issued "Health Advisory on Pertussis Disease." Please share this with all schools and school nurses.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathy Patrick
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779

Innovation & Choice

Finish the GED Test by Dec. 2013

The current version of the GED test expires at the end of 2013. Please encourage students to take or finish their tests by Tuesday, Dec. 31. There are five sections of the test and each section can be taken individually over time. Test-takers need to realize that section scores from 2013 or earlier cannot be combined with section scores on the new 2014 GED 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. Check with your local testing center to find out the last days of testing in 2013.

The new 2014 GED test, beginning in January 2014, will be taken exclusively on the computer and aligned to more rigorous high school 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.

Fact sheets on the close out of the 2002 GED as well as the 2014 GED are available at
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For More Information, Contact:
Chalmer Naugle
Phone: 303-866-6859

News & Notes

Read the December CDE Update

The CDE Update is a brief snapshot of the department's strategic priorities including implementation milestones, supports available and a look of what to expect ahead.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Dec. 11

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its December board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.


Wednesday, Dec. 11
-Next Generation Learning
-Rulemaking Hearing: Rules concerning the use of epinephrine auto-injectors in emergency situations in school settings
-Impact of assessment transitions on the state accountability system
-Legislative preview
-Pursuing a dance endorsement
-READ Act interim assessment recommendations

-Rulemaking Hearing: Rules for the evaluation of specialized service professionals
-Waiver request from state statue by Falcon School District 49 on behalf of Rocky Mountain Classical Academy
-Review and approval of department recommendations concerning school plan type assignments
-Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee annual legislative report of high cost for students in out of district placements and in administrative unit placements
-Approval of excess cost rates for facility schools for fiscal year 2013-14
-Notice of Rulemaking Hearing: Rules concerning charter schools applying for federal and state grants and programs
-Lt. Gov briefing

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting and a det
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817

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