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The CDE Scoop - June 11, 2014

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

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Accountability & Improvement


Thank You for Participating in the Accountability and Improvement Planning Needs Assessment Survey

CDE would like to thank the 113 districts that participated in the 2014 Accountability and Improvement Planning needs assessment survey. This year the survey was expanded to gather feedback on the school and district performance frameworks. CDE received very thorough and thoughtful feedback, which will be used to inform enhancements and changes to the frameworks in 2016. CDE appreciates the time commitment districts made to provide this valuable feedback.

For More Information, Contact:
Alyssa Pearson
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6676
Email: pearson_a@cde.state.co.us



Read the Fact Sheet About the Accountability Transition

During the 2014 legislative session, H.B.14-1182 was passed to address the impact of the 2015 assessment transition on school and district accountability. CDE has created a fact sheet about this new legislation and the anticipated timelines for 2015-16 school and district accountability and improvement planning. As more detailed information is finalized, it will also be shared.
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For More Information, Contact:
Alyssa Pearson
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6676
Email: pearson_a@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Submit Requests for New School Codes, Closing a School, Grade Changes and Name Changes by June 30

Requests for new school codes, grade changes, name changes and school closures for the 2014-15 school year are due to CDE by Monday, June 30. The forms to make the requested changes are on the Data Pipeline webpage under the October count snapshot.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dennis St. Hilaire
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6840
Email: st.hilaire_d@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Submit Your District/BOCES Assurance for Educator Evaluation Systems by July 1

The assurances for written evaluation systems are intended to ensure that school districts and BOCES across Colorado implement written evaluation systems that are aligned with S.B. 10-191 and the state board of education rules for the evaluation of licensed personnel. As a reminder, each district/BOCES is required to complete their assurances by July 1 of each year. To view the 2014 assurances and other resources related to submitting assurances, click on the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Toby King
Phone: 303-866-6964
Email: King_T@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Learn About Fundraiser Exemptions for All Foods Sold in School

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools during the school day. This rule requires that food and beverage items sold during the school day meet the food and nutrition standards for competitive foods, but also allows for special exemptions for the purposes of conducting infrequent, school-sponsored fundraisers. The rule includes a mandate for state agencies to establish the number of allowable exempt fundraisers, which do not meet the food and nutrition standards.

The Office of School Nutrition released a memo on June 5 providing guidance on the number of exempt fundraisers allowed. The office will allow up to three exemptions per school building for school year 2014-2015. The USDA also allows state agencies to grant districts exemptions from this base fundraiser limit. The Office of School Nutrition is currently working on a process to implement this provision.

To view the memo, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutrimemos.htm.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amanda Mercer
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6659
Email: mercer_a@cde.state.co.us


Learning & Results


Register by June 20 for Early Bird Registration for CASE's Summer Convention

Register by Friday, June 20 to receive a discounted rate to attend the 45th annual CASE Education Leadership Convention from Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25. This is CASEís largest professional development event of the year and attracts more than 1,000 attendees.

Top reasons to attend:
-Collaborate with colleagues and nationally recognized leaders in education.
-Learn by creating your own professional learning plan from the 75+ breakout sessions.
-Engage through in-depth conversations on legislative and advocacy topics.

Invest in yourself and in your career by attending this summerís convention. The following pre-convention workshops provide attendees with several expanded learning opportunities:

-Supervison & evaluation seminar series
-Rural educators
-New superintendent orientation
-Early career principals orientation
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For More Information, Contact:
Susan Meek
Phone: 303-762-8762
Email: smeek@co-case.org






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