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State Accountability - Alternative Education Campuses

The Education Accountability Act of 2009 (SB 09-163) authorizes the Colorado Department of Education to conduct an annual review of the performance of the public schools in the state and to make recommendations to the State Board of Education concerning whether the public school shall implement a Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement or turnaround plan. The law also authorizes the Department to conduct a distinct performance review for those schools that meet the definition of an Alternative Education Campus (AEC). The state's performance framework for AECs takes into account the unique purposes of the campuses and the unique circumstances of the challenges posed by the students enrolled in the campuses.


CDE Fact Sheet - Supplemental Measures (03/13/2018)


Schools Designated as Alternative Education Campuses

Below is the list of current AECs as approved by the State Board of Education. For past AEC designations, please visit the AEC Archive.

Schools designated as Alternative Education Campuses, 2018-19 (PDF)



Schools interested in applying for AEC designation, with their district/authorizer's support, should review the resources below to help in the completion of required forms.


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Calculation Guidance for Alternative Education Campus Measures (PDF)

  • This resource guides schools and districts through the AEC required and optional measures, including definitions and calculation formulas.
July 26, 2018 PDF

AEC SPF Changes Fact Sheet

  • This resource provides information on changes to the 2018 AEC SPF state required measures.
July 23, 2018 PDF

Policy Guidance: Accountability for Alternative Education Campuses (PDF)

  • This document guides schools and districts through the AEC application and accountability process.
May 14, 2018 PDF

AEC Overview Fact Sheet

  • A fact sheet providing basic information on alternative education campuses in Colorado, including background and history, students served, accountability indicators, and developing improvement strategies.
April 10, 2018 PDF

Overview on Alternative Education Campuses in Colorado

April 10, 2018 URL, PPT, PDF
2018 Annotated AEC SPF (PDF) September 11, 2018 PDF

NWEA RIT Growth Rank Percentile Tables 

  • NWEA MAP growth percentile conversion tables based on AEC norms for use in the Selection of Measures process.
May 3, 2017 Excel

AEC Application/Renewal Template Training Webinar

  • A webinar detailing the Alternative Education Campus (AEC) application and renewal process was offered at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The webinar recording and the materials from the webinar are available as reference for those who could not attend.
March 15, 2017 URL, PPT

Alternative Education Campus Accountability Work Group Report​ (PDF)

  • Per HB15-1350, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) was required to form a group of stakeholders from the Alternative Education Campus (AEC) community to gather feedback on the next iteration of Alternative Education Campus accountability, specifically the School Performance Framework to form the Alternative Education Campus Accountability Work Group (AEC AWG). On December 1, 2015, the AEC AWG submitted five written recommendations to the CDE Commissioner, the Education Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the State Board of Education.
December 1, 2015 PDF

Accuplacer on the AEC SPF (PDF)

September 2014 PDF

Scantron Achievement and Growth Data - CDE Webinar for AECs (PPT)

  • This webinar presentation seeks district and school feedback on the use of Scantron assessment data within the AEC School Performance Framework report.
July 2012 PPT

NWEA MAP Growth Data - Research Paper on Norms for AECs (PDF)

  • This research paper provides the research-based rationale for the calculation of growth results on the NWEA MAPS assessments using AEC norms.
May 2011 PDF


On April 13, 2011, the State Board of Education voted to amend the following rules concerning accountability for Alternative Education Campuses:

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