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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Office of Culturally and Linguistically

Diverse Education

Federal Programs Unit

1560 Broadway, Suite 1100 Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-866-6789 Fax: 303-866-6637

Our Mission

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education provides support to Colorado school districts, schools, and educational leaders in the academic, linguistic, and social-emotional challenges and opportunities of culturally and linguistically diverse students to ensure equitable access to grade level standards and ensure a well-rounded education.


WIDA Screener and Colorado Identification Procedures 

  • As of July 1, 2018, the W-APT for grades 1-12 will no longer be available for Colorado schools and districts to use in the English Learner Identification process.
  • Please note, kindergarten and first semester, first-grade students will still be assessed with the W-APT.
  • For more information regarding Colorado Identification Procedures, please visit Identification and Placement.
  • For more information regarding WIDA Screener or ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs, please visit WIDA Screener Assessment.

ELD Guidebook 

As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), CDE is required to address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special assistance for struggling schools in a state plan.  Revisions to Colorado’s ESSA state plan was submitted to the US Department of Education in October 2017.  The US Department of Education has approved the plan and updates will be made to the 2018-19 ELD Guidebook based on the new requirements.  Revisions and updates will be made to the following chapters below:  

  • Redesignation and Exit Guidance 
  • Identification of ELs 
  • ELs in the Statewide System of Accountability
  • Colorado READ Act

To request the ELD Guidebook in pdf form, please click here.  

Recently Arrived English Learners Toolkit

The White House announced, “Bright Spots” for welcoming and expanding opportunities for linguistic integration and education at end of June. The announcement identified a list of resources including the introduction of the U.S. Department of Education’s Newcomer Toolkit designed to help schools support immigrants, refugees, and their families with a successful integration process. This toolkit provides information, resources and examples of effective practices that educators can use to support newcomers in our schools and communities. We are pleased to share this tool with you.

Additional Resources

English Learner Access to High-Quality Education

On January 7, 2015, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice released a Joint guidance to spell out the legal obligations of state and local education agencies to English learners. At the same time, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) released the first chapter of an English Learners Tool Kit (on identifying all English learners), offering checklists, tools, and resources to help SEAs and LEAs in fulfilling their obligations.