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The CDE Scoop - June 25, 2014

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Accountability & Improvement

View the Updated Selection of Accountability Measures Form for Alternative Education Campuses

An updated selection of accountability measures form for alternative education campuses to use towards 2013-14 school year AEC school performance frameworks was released on May 14.

By July 1, all alternative education campuses must submit a selection of accountability measures form, with district or authorizer's approval. The form should indicate any optional supplemental accountability measures, metrics and cut-points requested in the AEC school performance framework report.

CDE implemented a policy change for the 2013-14 school year which requires districts to submit supplemental measures for AECs in each indicator area if statewide assessments are not available and sufficient data is available (i.e., the student count is greater than 16 students over three years of data collection). More detailed information about the policy change can be found at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778

Learn About the Turnaround Network Kickoff

The network, launched by the School and District Performance Unit on Friday, June 13, is a commitment between CDE and local school districts to accelerate student achievement of some of the state’s lowest performing schools through targeted support, resources and flexibility.

For the first convening, eight network schools from across the state gathered at the University of Denver’s Morgridge School of Education. The school leaders and district partners engaged in collaborative work to understand best practices and lessons learned in school turnaround. Participants collaborated in a design-thinking session to define a problem of practice and brainstorm promising and innovative solutions. Additionally, the inaugural network cohort worked in their teams to set some year-long goals and action plans.

For more information, review the Turnaround Network fact sheet at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Cohen
School and District Performance Unit
Phone: 303-866-6174

Data Systems

Submit READ Collection Data by July 18

Due to programming issues with data pipeline, CDE is extending the READ data collection deadline from Tuesday, July 1 to Friday, July 18. CDE will calculate per-pupil early literacy funds based on the total number of students identified with a significant reading deficiency according to data provided in the READ Act data collection. After a validation of the data, CDE will begin the anticipated distribution process by mid-September. Submit data by Friday, July 18 to assist CDE in meeting the timeline for distributing the funds.
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For More Information, Contact:
Donna Bright / Dian Prestwich
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6002 / 303-866-6150
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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. Each district/BOCES is required to complete their assurances by July 1 of each year.

View the 2014 assurances and other resources related to submitting assurances at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Toby King
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6964

Federal Programs

Submit Your Consolidated Application by Monday, June 30

The 2014-2015 Consolidated Application is due June 30.

For the application to be considered complete, you must submit both the strategy-based budget file and the online portion of the application.

The online portion of the application can be accessed at

Resources are available at
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For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Vassis
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6065

Support & Intervention

Register for An Introduction to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports July 7-21

The course provides an overview of each of the components of Multi-Tiered System of Supports and how to implement within your system. Participants may earn eight continuing education units (eight contact hours of professional development) or 0.5 Adams State University hours of credit.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Watchorn
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6262

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