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The CDE Scoop - July 9, 2014

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Accountability & Improvement

View ACCESS for English Language Learners Growth Data

The ACCESS for English language learners growth data are now available in the Colorado Education Data Analysis & Reporting System for authorized users at the link below. Resources, including the flat file layout and adequate growth information are available at
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For More Information, Contact:
Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Accountability & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6763

Capital Construction

Review the Statewide Facility Assessment Reports by February 27

The deadline to review the reports for schools and provide comments, corrections or clarifications to CDE is Feb. 27, 2015. CDE staff will address comments and post a revised report, which will become static until next year. Comments can always be entered but the reports will not be updated until the next cycle for annual data updates.

It is important the information in the reports accurately reflects actual building conditions. Your comments and review will help assist CDE with capital construction grant awards in the future.

To add reviewers to your review teams, please contact Dustin Guerin.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dustin Guerin
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6263

Data Systems

Submit READ Collection Data by July 18

The READ collection in Data Pipeline closes at noon on Friday, July 18.

An email was sent on July 8, to all READ respondents explaining the next steps in the READ collection to resolve any SASIDs reported by more than one district. Included in the email is a timeline of actions that need to be completed as well as a copy of the email that will be generated through Data Pipeline when there are duplicate SASIDs. The timeline is tight to ensure distribution of READ funds to districts by the beginning of September. Both documents are posted on the READ Collection webpage under documents and resources.
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For More Information, Contact:
Donna Bright and Dian Prestwich
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6002 303-866-6150

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Attend an Inter-rater Agreement Using Elevate Colorado Training

To support fair and consistent evaluations, CDE is developing tools, such as Elevate Colorado, to promote common interpretations of teacher quality and help evaluators provide useful and actionable feedback to educators.

If you are interested in building inter-rater agreement systems with Elevate Colorado, attend the last training for the summer on Thursday, July 17 from 8-11 a.m. at Aurora Public Schools, 15701 E. 1st Ave., in Aurora. During the training, participants will explore components of an inter-rater agreement system and learn how to use Elevate Colorado as a part of that system. Additionally, the technical components of Elevate Colorado and how to align evidence of a teacher's practice will be covered. There will be a time for participants to interact with the system, so everyone will need to bring a laptop or iPad and a set of headphones. To register, please click on the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Joslyn Robich
Phone: 303-866-6221

Exceptional Student Services

Read the Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Exceptional Student Services Unit and JFK Partners at the University of Colorado co-developed Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The guidelines provide a resource for evaluating children birth to age three for Part C services and ages 3 to 21 for special education services.

The examples given serve as a framework for districts and BOCES to aid in developing processes for identifying students for special education when autism spectrum disorder is suspected. The new category of autism spectrum disorder was legislated in H.B. 11-1277 and the definition and criteria was passed by the state board of education in October of 2012 and has been available for administrative units to use since that date. The definition and criteria are included in the manual. Administrative units who have adopted the new eligibility category of autism spectrum disorder should already be using this criteria. Those who have not have until July 1, 2016 to fully implement the new category and to begin doing the educational evaluation of autism spectrum disorder.
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For More Information, Contact:
Melinda Graham
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6707

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; however, the Office of School Nutrition will not grant districts additional exempt fundraisers during the 2014-2015 school year. The office will assess the three exempt fundraiser limit and adjust as needed based on district feedback and the final rule.

To access the memo, visit
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For More Information, Contact:
Amanda Mercer
Phone: 303-866-6659

News & Notes

Read the July 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

Attend a Task Force Meeting to Study the Implications of the Statewide Assessment System on July 15

The H.B. 1202 task force was established through legislation by the Colorado General Assembly to study the implications of the statewide assessment system for school districts, public schools, educators and students.

The first meeting of the task force is Tuesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the State Capitol, room 0111 and is open to the public.

A final report from the task force must be submitted to the legislature no later than January 31, 2015.

Task force members include:
• Adele Bravo, Colorado Education Association
• Jay Cerny, Cherry Creek Academy
• John Creighton, St. Vrain Valley Schools
• Bethany Drosendahl, Parent Organization
• Lisa Escarcega, Aurora Public Schools
• Bill Jaeger, Colorado Children’s Campaign
• Tony Lewis, Donnell-Kay Foundation
• Donna Lynne, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
• Syna Morgan, Jefferson County Schools
• Luke Ragland, Colorado Succeeds
• Dan Snowberger, Durango School District
• Ilana Spiegel, Parent Organization
• Dane Stickney, Strive Prep Charter Schools
• Nancy Tellez, Poudre School District
• Susan Van Gundy, PARCC

For More Information, Contact:
Michele Sobczyk
Achievement and Strategy
Phone: 303-866-6746

Race to the Top

Explore the Expanded CDE Resource Bank

The expanded CDE resource bank provides quick and easy access to resources for Colorado educators designed to advance student learning through a focus on standards, assessments and educator effectiveness. Included in the site are links to curriculum samples and teacher authored instructional unit samples, assessments that have been vetted or created by Colorado educators and quick access to information and tools to support educator evaluation and development. The site will be updated as new resources become available, so bookmark the site and check back frequently. The CDE resource bank is supported through Colorado’s Race to the Top grant.

The resource bank is available through SchoolView at To access the site directly, visit

For more information on Colorado’s Race to the Top work, visit:
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For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Miller
Vision 2020
Phone: 303-866-5735

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