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The CDE Scoop - September 11, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Read a Clarification Regarding the 2013-2014 Pre-Populated UIP Reports

Read Information on Parent Notification for Schools with Turnaround or Priority Improvement Plan Types

Submit Your School Accreditation and Requests to Reconsider

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Check out the Student and Teacher Perception Survey Toolkits

Exceptional Student Services

Take Part in the Implementing Standards-Based Differentiated Instruction Blended Learning Project

Attend the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

Register for 2013-14 Exceptional Student Services Professional Development Opportunities

Federal Programs

Participate in the Consolidated Application Experience Survey

Attend a Webinar About Title I Data Interchange

Innovation & Choice

Serve on the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board

Library

AskColorado Celebrates Ten Years of Serving Students and Researchers

Submit Your Eligibility Form for State Grants to Libraries

Standards & Assessments

State’s New Assessments Now Have a Name: Colorado Measures of Academic Success

Submit an Interim Assessment for Review for the READ Act Approved List

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Read a Clarification Regarding the 2013-2014 Pre-Populated UIP Reports

The Wednesday, Sept. 4 issue of The Scoop incorrectly implied that the re-populated UIP reports will be updated through the Request to Reconsider process for the school and district performance frameworks. The re-populated reports will be available after the Request to Reconsider decisions have been finalized.

To clarify, UIP reports to be re-populated include: Section I of the UIP for districts (pp. 1-5) including district Title III AMAO data, Section I for all AECs (pp. 1-6) including data from the AEC performance frameworks, and section I for any schools (pp. 1-3) with updated plan type assignments after the performance frameworks are finalized on Dec. 4. Plan type assignments are only updated if a district submits a request to reconsider through the Accountability Office and the request is approved by CDE and/or the state board (for details, see http://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/requesttoreconsider). All other data within the pre-populated UIPs (e.g., performance data) will remain the same. We apologize for any confusion. Please contact us for further clarification, if needed.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



Read Information on Parent Notification for Schools with Turnaround or Priority Improvement Plan Types

Districts must notify parents if their child's school is assigned a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan. Notices must include (1) the school’s plan type, (2) the performance results that led to that plan assignment, (3) the timeline for developing and adopting the required plan and (4) the date, time and location of a public hearing held by the local board of education to review the plan prior to adoption.

This notice must be given within 30 days of the district receiving the preliminary plan type. As performance frameworks were released on Aug.16, it is expected that parents be notified by Sept. 16. If the district chooses to submit a request to reconsider to change a school's plan type but the plan type remains Priority Improvement or Turnaround, parents must be notified within 30 days of receiving the state board's final determination.

Public hearings must be at least 30 days after the date on which the district provides written notice. During these public hearings, the local board of education must review the school's progress in implementing its plan during the preceding year and in improving its performance. Detailed information is available in the Accountability handbook at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Medler
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6993
Email: medler_l@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your School Accreditation and Requests to Reconsider

Districts must submit an accreditation category for each of their schools to CDE by Tuesday, Oct. 15 with signed approval by the local school board president. The online accreditation and request to reconsider system is located at http://www2.cde.state.co.us/scripts/accreditationform/index.asp. A username and password are required.

If districts wish to submit a request to reconsider of the district’s accreditation rating or a school’s plan type assignment, the district must notify Lisa Steffen at steffen_l@cde.state.co.us by Monday, Sept. 16 in order to receive technical assistance from CDE staff. Guidance around the request to reconsider process is posted at http://www.cde.state.co.us/Accountability/RequestToReconsider.asp.

Final requests to reconsider are due to CDE by Tuesday, Oct. 15 and must be included in the online accreditation system. All requests submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 15 will become part of the public record.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778
Email: knevals_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Check out the Student and Teacher Perception Survey Toolkits

Gathering student and teacher perceptions are optional measures that can be used in the professional practice portion of educator evaluations. The Colorado Legacy Foundation has engaged in a rigorous development and pilot process to create surveys that are specifically designed with input from Colorado districts, teachers, and students. The surveys are aligned to Colorado’s Teacher and Principal Quality Standards, and result from the 2012-13 pilot suggesting the instruments yield actionable and reliable results for teachers and principals. The student surveys (supporting teacher evaluations) and teacher surveys (supporting principal evaluations) are available for optional district use and CLF has released full toolkits with everything needed for implementation.

The surveys are available at:
http://colegacy.org/studentsurvey/
http://colegacy.org/teachersurvey/

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Satterlee, Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 720-502-4732
Email: ssatterlee@colegacy.org


Exceptional Student Services


Take Part in the Implementing Standards-Based Differentiated Instruction Blended Learning Project

Exceptional Student Services is offering a new 2013-14 professional staff development opportunity for a five-member team representing your school. This collaborative project is intended to increase the academic achievement of students with a disability by enhancing the knowledge and application of standards-based differentiated instruction by general and special education teachers.

Applications are due by Sept. 13 for the Oct. 1 kickoff.
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For More Information, Contact:
Linda Lamirande and Becky Dancer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: Linda 303-866-6863; Becky 303-866-6885
Email: Lamirande_L@cde.state.co.us; Dancer_B@cde.state.co.us



Attend the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 at Anchor Center, 2550 Roslyn Street in Denver.

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee is a state-level committee mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children/youth with disabilities. The committee includes parents of and individuals with disabilities, educational service providers, administrators and representatives from a variety of related agencies. Participation is statewide and representative of diverse disabilities.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Register for 2013-14 Exceptional Student Services Professional Development Opportunities

Two webinar sessions will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 25 for training on the updated alternate standards and assessment participation guidelines worksheet. The worksheet is intended to serve as a tool for individualized education plan teams to determine whether a student meets the participation guidelines to receive instruction based on the extended evidence outcomes (alternate academic standards) and to participate in alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards.

Attend the morning or afternoon session. Content is the same for both sessions. Certificates for 1.0 clock hours are provided for registered participants. Registration closes Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.

To attend the morning webinar from 10 -11 a.m., visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sept25AM

To attend the afternoon webinar from 3 - 4 p.m., visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PMSept25

For questions about registration, contact Tesia Swanstrom. For all other inquires, contact Linda Lamirande

For More Information, Contact:
Linda Lamirande or Tesia Swanstrom
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6863 Linda Lamirande; 303-866-6639 Tesia Swanstrom
Email: Lamirande_L@cde.state.co.us; Swanstrom_T@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Participate in the Consolidated Application Experience Survey

CDE's consolidated application team is conducting a survey on the value of resources and the opportunities that exist to improve service in the future. Share your thoughts by participating in a short electronic survey regarding your experience with the 2013-14 consolidated application process.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JGY9LMK. The deadline to submit responses is Wednesday, Sept. 25.

For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Phillips
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-3905
Email: phillips_j@cde.state.co.,us



Attend a Webinar About Title I Data Interchange

Districts that accept Title I funds, with at least one school running a Targeted Assistance program, will need to use the Title I Data Interchange for identifying targeted assistance Title I students for October Count. Please attend one of the webinars, and pass along this information to others in your schools/districts who might be interested or whose work is related.

The dial-in number for the webinars is 866-601-0566.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 2 - 3 p.m.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r8mikwljez6/

Thursday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r2orqj2jdwx/

Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 9 - 10 a.m.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r9kjmp2w5zc/

Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3 - 4 p.m.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r7laokkk5lr/

Thursday, Sept. 26 from 12 - 1 p.m.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r7wn162cemn/

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Donna Morganstern
Data, Program Evaluation and Reporting
Phone: 303-866-6209
Email: morganstern_d@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


Serve on the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board

CDE seeks a new concurrent enrollment advisory board member. This position is appointed by the commissioner of education and serves as a representative from the state system of elementary and secondary education. Primary responsibilities include:
• determining qualifications and protocols for cooperative agreements between local school education providers and institutions of higher education;
• recommending improvements or changes to state policies to better accommodate concurrent enrollment programs;
• preparing and submitting a final report to the state board of education.

To indicate your interest or nominate another individual, send a letter of interest, resume and brief bio by Friday, Sept. 27 to Michelle Camacho Liu at liu_m@cde.state.co.us.

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For More Information, Contact:
Michelle Camacho Liu
Innovation, Choice, and Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6596
Email: liu_m@cde.state.co.us


Library


AskColorado Celebrates Ten Years of Serving Students and Researchers

Since Aug. 2, 2003, ASK librarians have quietly and efficiently fielded over 370,000 sessions with K-12 students and their parents, college students, business owners, military personnel and other information seekers.

AskColorado is staffed by qualified information professionals, librarians from Colorado public libraries and participating academic libraries. The librarians utilize chat technology from Oracle Live Help on Demand to communicate one-on-one and push links and other information to their customers, who can pose questions any time of the day or night.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kris Johnson
ASK Operations Manager, State Library
Phone: 303-866-6922
Email: johnson_k@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Eligibility Form for State Grants to Libraries

This non-competitive grant provides a minimum $3,000 to school districts to use for print or electronic materials in school libraries to support purchase of educational materials, with a focus on early learning and early literacy materials. Districts may apply the grant to district-wide initiatives such as databases or to improve resources in specific schools within the district. It is anticipated this grant will be available annually.

A webinar will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 9-10 a.m. to answer questions and will be archived on the grant information page.

To receive funds, school districts must submit an eligibility form to the State Library by Oct. 1. The eligibility form and webinar information can be found at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Susan H. Burkholder
State Library
Phone: 303-866-6660
Email: burkholder_s@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


State’s New Assessments Now Have a Name: Colorado Measures of Academic Success

With input from parents, education officials at the state and local levels, communication experts and other education stakeholders, the Colorado Department of Education has developed a name for new state assessments coming on board over the next year. The state’s new assessments will be the Colorado Measures of Academic Success and will measure student achievement on the state’s updated academic standards.

Following past practice of referring to the collective state assessments by its official name – Colorado Measures of Academic Success – individual assessments will be referred to by subject. The new assessments will measure student achievement in English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

The new assessments will replace the aging CSAP/TCAP tests which were primarily based on 16-year-old standards. The final round of TCAPs will be taken this spring. Also, the first round of the new science and social studies portions of the Colorado Measure of Academic Success assessments will be administered this coming spring in elementary and middle school levels. New English/language arts and math assessments will be taken in the spring of 2015.

CDE is developing communication tools to assist districts in their communication efforts with staff and parents. Included in that will be a specific information graphic which will be a visual bookmark to help easily identify information about the new assessments. Messages will focus on “new assessments, new name, new scores.” Look for more information about the tools in future issues of The Scoop.

For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Submit an Interim Assessment for Review for the READ Act Approved List

A request for information is posted to the READ Act webpage to solicit reading interim assessment tools for inclusion on the 2013-2014 Read Act Colorado state board of education approved list of interim assessments, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1209.

CDE will engage practitioners from the field with literacy expertise to assist with the review process. Applications for the review committee will be available on the READ Act webpage by Sept. 15. CDE will engage a facilitator to support the review process utilizing the criteria set forth in the READ Act and state board rules. For a full description of the review process, please visit http://bit.ly/1b6JoOB.

CDE anticipates making recommendations to the state board of education on interim assessments at the November board meeting with a vote anticipated at the December meeting. Following the adoption of an approved interim assessment list, districts will have until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us






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