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The CDE Scoop - February 15, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Unified Improvement Plan Reviews and Feedback

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Unanimous Senate approval of S.B. 10-191 rules

Exceptional Student Services

Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Meeting

Online Class: Specific Learning Disabilities – Eligibility Criteria and Identification Process, April 2 – 29

Model for Comprehensive Plans Now Available

Federal Programs

Post Award Revision and Final Allocations

News & Notes

IDEA New Budget and Expenditures System Training Webinar

Reminder: Please Submit Race to the Top MOU to Accept or Decline Grant Funding

Standards & Assessments

Reminder: CBLA Outreach Begins

Registration for Colorado Standards Implementation Summit is Filled: Wait List Sign Up Available Through Friday, Feb. 17

Update from the Office of Student Assessment

Reminder: Math on the Planes Workshop - Feb. 24 and 25

Support & Intervention

Expelled and At-Risk Student Services RFP Now Available

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Unified Improvement Plan Reviews and Feedback

CDE and the State Review Panel are finishing up the review of the approximately 350 unified improvement plans that were submitted in January.

If your district submitted a district and/or school UIP in January, a placeholder for uploaded feedback has been opened in the State and NCLB Accountability Instruments in your Tracker account. As feedback becomes available, it will be uploaded to Tracker over the next couple of weeks. Feedback will include recommendations and specifications for required changes (if any). Superintendents and tracker contacts will be individually notified via e-mail once feedback is available. Instructions for downloading feedback from Tracker, and next steps for completing the state and/or NLCB Accountability Instrument(s) will accompany the individual feedback notification and will also be available on the website.

In the meantime, remind school and district personnel to continue implementing strategies articulated in the plans. This is a continuous improvement cycle; no one should wait for approval from the state.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Unanimous Senate approval of S.B. 10-191 rules

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 35-0, with no debate, to give final approval to House Bill 12-1001, the measure that ratifies the regulations issued by the State Board of Education to implement the educator effectiveness law.

As reported by the media, the bill moved quickly and quietly through the legislature, a testimony to wide agreement among education interest groups on the rules, which were developed over two years.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katy Anthes
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6654
Email: anthes_k@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Gifted Education State Advisory Committee Meeting

The Gifted Education State Advisory Committee meets four to five times per year at a central Front Range location. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Denver.

The State Advisory Committee is comprised of parents, educators and business representatives from all congressional districts and appointed by the State Board of Education.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katherine Keck
Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: keck_k@cde.state.co.us



Online Class: Specific Learning Disabilities – Eligibility Criteria and Identification Process, April 2 – 29

Class Description: The focus of this four-week, online class is the effective implementation of the eligibility criteria and identification process involved with the determination of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). Participants will gain knowledge and skill in:
- State and federal laws related to SLD eligibility
- Relationship of RtI to SLD identification
- Referral and evaluation process
- Application of the revised SLD eligibility criteria
- Required documentation
- Special considerations
- Implications for change in professional roles and practice

Dates: The class will run from April 2 – 29, and may be taken for either UCCS graduate credit for a fee or CDE professional development (recertification) hours at no cost. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 27, although capacity may be reached prior to this date.

Below is the link to the Specific Learning Disability (CDE) webpage. The class flyer, including registration information, is available under “Professional Development Opportunities.” The class syllabus is also posted there.
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For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Chaffin
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6819
Email: chaffin_m@cde.state.co.us



Model for Comprehensive Plans Now Available

The model for a comprehensive plan for the provision of special education is now ready for use by administrative units. All administrative units are required to submit an AU Comprehensive Plan to CDE by May 1.

The model comprehensive plan that CDE has developed addresses all of the ECEA and IDEA requirements for an AU to be in compliance. An AU may choose to adopt the model comprehensive plan or they may use the “Request to Modify” process in order to submit a modified version of the plan.

The model plan and supporting documents are now posted at the link below.

Supporting documents include: Directions for the submission process; templates of assurance statements, the template to request modifications to the model plan and a side by side of ECEA Rules and IDEA that supports the model plan.

Webinars are scheduled to provide an explanation of the CDE model plan; detailed information about the submission process and provide an opportunity to ask questions. The webinars are scheduled for:

Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Please contact Kathy Wheatley at the email address below to register for a webinar. Registration closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled webinar.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathy Wheatley
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6986
Email: wheatley_k@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Post Award Revision and Final Allocations

The second opportunity for Local Education Agencies to submit a Post Award Revision request for the 2011-2012 NCLB Consolidated Federal Program Application will be from February 20, through March 16. The Post Award Revision Request System will be available at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/scriptscfpu/consapp/index.asp.

Final allocations have been changed to reflect Congress’ reversal of a portion of the 1.5 percent cut to programs announced in November 2011. The new allocations posted for Titles I-A and II-A are different from the November allocations. These revised figures can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefisgrant/NCLB_download.htm.

LEAs must request prior approval through the Post Award Revision System if there are changes to the scope or objective of the project, changes in key personnel specified in the application or budget, changes to indirect costs and revisions that include contracting out or otherwise obtaining the services of a third party. Please note that this would require a budget revision as well.

Revisions to the budget, strictly for allocation increases, will be necessary only if the LEA plans to access the amount of increase in this fiscal year. Otherwise, do not submit a budget revision as these excess funds will simply roll over as part of next year's carryover.

Applicants may only submit one revision request during this timeframe. Accordingly, revisions for every applicable Title Program must be included in the request -- separate requests cannot be submitted for individual Title Programs. Program consultants will not review requests until the submission window closes.

Resources are available on the CDE website to assist with the submission process, including (1) a PowerPoint presentation with audio explaining the purpose of the Post Award Revision Request System and how to submit a request (http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p36hs68zo21/) (2) a step-by-step instruction list.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLilah Collins
Federal Programs
Phone: 303.866.6850
Email: collins_d@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


IDEA New Budget and Expenditures System Training Webinar

CDE will host a webinar on the IDEA New Budget and Expenditures System on Friday, Feb. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To access the audio portion of the webinar call 1-866-386-5651.
To access the video portion of the webinar click:
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r10v4yw52gf/.

Additional webinars will be scheduled for next week. The webinars are an informal walk-through and demonstration followed by a question and answer period.

Budgets will not be open for revision until the system user has attended a webinar.

If you have not been able to access the system, please contact David Ferris (ferris_david@cde.state.co.us) or Vicki Graham (graham_v@cde.state.co.us) via email as soon as possible.

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For More Information, Contact:
David Ferris
Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6911
Email: ferris_d@cde.state.co.us



Reminder: Please Submit Race to the Top MOU to Accept or Decline Grant Funding

Information about how local education agencies (LEAs) can apply to receive Race to the Top 3 grant funding, as well as all application materials are available at the URL below.

To participate in the Race to the Top program, LEAs must complete a two-step application process. Please note that all LEAs must complete Step 1 to indicate if they are accepting or declining the Race to the Top Funds.

Step 1: Submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding by Friday, Feb. 24.
•Signed by the superintendent and by the board chair if accepting the funds.
•Signed by the superintendent if declining the funds.
•Submitted through Tracker (see last page of the MOU for submission instructions).
•Based on the LEAs that submit MOUs indicating acceptance of the funds, CDE will notify LEAs of their final award amounts.

Step 2: Submit a complete Scope of Work by March 14.
•Includes key contact information, notification of intent to pool funds, allowable activities, workplans, and budgets
•Must be submitted through Tracker (see last tab in the Scope of Work worksheet for submission instructions).
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For More Information, Contact:
Race to the Top Program Office
Phone: 303-866-6274
Email: racetothetop@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Reminder: CBLA Outreach Begins

In December 2010, the Colorado Department of Education recommended the rules for administering the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) be revised to ensure alignment with the new Colorado Academic Standards. On March 7, 2012, the Colorado State Board of Education will conduct a hearing to establish new rules and protocols regarding the administration of CBLA.

In order to fully inform this work, CDE is providing critical information and seeking feedback regarding the current set of CBLA rules and protocols. On Thursday, Feb. 16, representatives from CDE will kick off a series of sessions at the Bear Valley Public Library in Denver from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Information and feedback sessions will continue in Pueblo on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 22. For further information please contact either Dana Hall (hall_d@cde.state.co.us) or Melissa Colsman (colsman_m@cde.state.co.us) or go to the CBLA home page at the link below.
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



Registration for Colorado Standards Implementation Summit is Filled: Wait List Sign Up Available Through Friday, Feb. 17

Registration for the Colorado Standards Implementation Summit: Transforming Standards Based Learning for Colorado closed last week as the venue reached capacity.

If you are interested in being on the wait list send an email to Efrain Mercado with ASCD at efrain.mercado@ascd.org by Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.

The wait list will be processed to allow participation from districts not already represented in the registered participants or districts with few registered participants relative to district size.

CDE will contact all individuals on the wait list by Friday, Feb. 24 to communicate registration status.
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For More Information, Contact:
Anna Huffman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-4703
Email: huffman_a@cde.state.co.us



Update from the Office of Student Assessment

With the opening of the early testing window for Grade 3 Reading, we have begun the first administration of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). All other content areas and grade levels will begin testing in March during the three week testing window selected by districts.

The Colorado Alternate Assessment (CoAlt) for students with significant cognitive disabilities is currently in the middle of its testing window. The window will close on March 23.

A “Request for Proposals” for Colorado’s new assessment system has been released. CDE invites proposals for the summative assessments, alternate assessments, interim assessments and dashboard for the new system. Assuming that funding is identified and secured, the new assessment system is currently scheduled to be administered in the 2013-2014 school year. The RFP reflects flexibility to account for potential funding, legislative and policy decisions that may be made in Colorado in the next few months.

In addition to its own internal activities, Colorado continues to participate in both the multi-state assessment consortia, SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC). Both consortia continue to evolve and to welcome Colorado’s input.
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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Wirth-Hawkins
Assessment, Research and Evaluation
Phone: 303-866-6979
Email: wirth-hawkins_c@cde.state.co.us



Reminder: Math on the Planes Workshop - Feb. 24 and 25

The Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities, Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Colorado Department of Education invite educators interested in learning more about implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for mathematics with struggling students to participate in a two-day workshop with leading national experts Jere Confrey and Alan Maloney. A detailed agenda is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary Pittman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6251
Email: pittman_m@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Expelled and At-Risk Student Services RFP Now Available

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant Program Request for Proposal is now available. The program assists in providing educational and supportive services to expelled students and students at-risk for expulsion. Funded programs will focus on providing educational services to expelled students; and preventing future suspensions and expulsions through a comprehensive range of strategies that are proven effective to help students who are at risk of suspension or expulsion.

This request for proposal is being released for a new four-year grant cycle. Awards are contingent upon funding appropriated to the EARSS program in the FY13 state budget. It is anticipated that grant awards will be based on $1,000 to $3,000 per student served, depending on the intensity and length of services.

Application training webinars will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. with a repeat on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Applications are due Monday, April 9. For more information on the application webinar and to access the RFP, please visit the Web site below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Janelle Krueger
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6750
Email: krueger_j@cde.state.co.us






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