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The CDE Scoop - August 8, 2012

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Accountability & Improvement

Reminder to Update Your District Accountability and Tracker Contacts

As a reminder, please confirm or update your districtís accountability and tracker contact by next Wednesday, August 15th using the link below.

Accountability contacts receive state accountability-related communications for your district, including information on performance frameworks and accreditation. Tracker contacts receive improvement planning-related communications and are responsible for submitting improvement plans to CDE. As in previous years, improvement plans should be submitted via the C-FIRS Tracker system. We understand that in some cases, the districtís accountability contact and tracker contact may be the same individual.
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For More Information, Contact:
Liz Lenz
Phone: 303-866-5648

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Updated Rubrics Available for State Model Evaluation System

Updated teacher and principal rubrics for the State Model Evaluation System are now available online for any school district that wishes to preview them. Last school year, the principal rubric was piloted in 27 school districts and the teacher rubric was beta tested. Educator feedback was collected by CDE throughout the year and was used to improve the rubrics. The updated rubrics incorporate revisions stemming from pilot feedback, along with input from countless educators and districts statewide.

These updated rubrics will continue to be tested this year, but are available now as a tool for any district that wants to practice with them. If you have additional input on the rubrics, please share it with Jean Williams on the Educator Effectiveness team (contact information below).
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For More Information, Contact:
Jean Williams
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-4343

Innovation & Choice

Grant Application Reviewers Needed

The Schools of Choice team is looking for application reviewers for its Colorado Charter Schools Program Grants, which provides start-up funds to new or significantly expanding charter schools.

The team is looking for individuals with knowledge of systemic school reform, the charter school concept, new school start-up, &/or curriculum design. Individuals would have 2-3 weeks to review applications, and required to participate in a review day on Nov. 1, 2012 or March 11, 2013. Interested individuals should email a resume to

For More Information, Contact:
Gina Schlieman
Schools of Choice
Phone: 303-866-6790

News & Notes

Read the August Edition of the CDE Update

The August edition of the CDE Update is available at the link below. The Update provides a brief snapshot of the state's most significant education initiatives and key implementation milestones.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE

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Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-866-6822 or 303-866-2334

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For more information, contact Janelle Asmus, 303-866-6822, in the CDE Office of Communications. (

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