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The CDE Scoop - June 13, 2012

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Accountability & Improvement

Annual Safety Accreditation Report

A reminder that the District Safety Accreditation Report is included as part of the 2011-2012 Safety and Discipline Indicator data collection and is due Friday, June 29. Modifications to the report from the previous year were made to match what is stated in legislation. A template for the Safety and Discipline Indicator data collection is available at the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Annette Severson or John Condie
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6824
Email: or

Updated Draft 2012 School Performance Framework Report Template

Based on feedback from the field and revisions required by the ESEA waiver, the Department has drafted the 2012 District and School Performance Framework reports. The 2012 DPFs and SPFs will include the addition of two new measures: (1) growth in English language proficiency (CELApro) and (2) disaggregated graduation rates. Districts will have an opportunity to see the simulated results (2011 DPF data using the 2012 modifications) this summer, prior to the August 15 preliminary release.

Preview the draft SPF report template and a listing of the revisions at the link below.

Access additional resources from the May 2012 Unified Improvement Planning training sessions at
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For More Information, Contact:
Somoh Supharukchinda
Accountability and Improvement
Phone: 303-866-6778

UIP School Templates and Addenda Now Available

The 2012-13 school-level Unified Improvement Planning templates, including the template for alternative education campuses and addenda forms have been finalized and are available at the link below. The district-level UIP template and addenda forms will be finalized and posted on the website later this week. All districts and schools, including new schools, are expected to use the current CDE templates.
Draft versions of the Quality Criteria and Handbook are available on the General Resources webpage:

CDE continues to update additional resources including the online tutorial, annotated UIP examples and training schedules to support improvement planning efforts throughout the summer.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Medler
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-6993

AEC Application/Renewal Form and Selection of Measures Form Due July 2

Districts with schools seeking first-time designation or renewal as an Alternative Education Campus (AEC) must submit two documents for each applying school: (1) the Application and Renewal Form for Designation as an AEC and (2) the Selection of Accountability Measures Form for AECs by July 2.

Both forms should be submitted to Liz Lenz, Executive Assistant, in two ways: (1) as saved Excel documents e-mailed to, and (2) as scanned PDFs with signatures e-mailed to or faxed to 303-866-6874.

Updated forms and resources such as policy guidance, calculation guidance, and a recording of the June 6 informational webinar, are available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Somoh Supharukchinda / Donna Morganstern
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778 / 303-866-6209
Email: /

Attend the CELApro Growth Webinar on June 18

CDE will host a webinar on CELApro growth data on Monday, June 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. The webinar will help attendees develop a greater understanding of the CELApro growth data and its role in state and federal accountability. Topics include the CELApro assessment, growth and adequate growth data, the 2012 state performance frameworks, and AMAOs and federal accountability.

To access the webinar, visit the link below. The dial-in number is 866-684-8605.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303.866.6642

Data Systems

School Change Deadlines Due June 30

Requests for new school codes, school closures, name changes and grade changes for the 2012-13 school year are due to CDE by June 30. This information is crucial to ensure accurate Title IA funding, NCLB ESEA waiver implementation, on-time and accurate release of the School Performance Frameworks and earlier dissemination of the pre-populated Unified Improvement Plans. Additionally, having a final 2012-13 school list earlier will allow for better reporting in SchoolView and access to grade specific assessment materials.

To see if your district has already submitted a request for a school change or submit school changes, visit the link below. Changes CDE has received are available at:
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For More Information, Contact:
Dennis St. Hilaire
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6840

Exceptional Student Services

Save the Date: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Toolkit Trainings

Several dates have been scheduled in Aug. and Sept. for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Toolkit trainings. The toolkit is a revised version of the previously known “ELLEN” Toolkit. The toolkit consists of six modules that will help administrators, general educators, ELA teachers and evaluation teams to improve their ability to appropriately determine when CLD students demonstrating academic deficits should be referred for a special education evaluation.

For more information and a list of trainings, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Fran Herbert
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6604

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

New School Meal Patterns: Meal Cost Considerations and Pricing

Starting in school year 2012-13, schools participating in the USDA’s School Meal Programs are required to meet new nutrition standards for breakfast and lunch meals.

Meal Cost Considerations: The New Meal Patterns require a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to be served each week. Creating a four- or six-week cycle menu may be beneficial to ease menu planning and decrease overall cost.

Meal Pricing: For school year 2012-13, all districts participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to complete and submit the Paid Lunch Equity SY 2012-13 Tool found at to determine compliance and to calculate any necessary paid lunch price increase or non-federal source contribution.
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For More Information, Contact:
Brehan Riley
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6299

School Finance

Reminder: 2012-13 IDEA Pt. B & Preschool Budgets Due June 29

The deadline to submit 2012-2013 IDEA budgets in the Federal Application web-based system is Friday, June 29, at 5 p.m.

For More Information, Contact:
David Ferris or Vicki Graham
Public School Finance/Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6911 - 303-866-6129
Email: or

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