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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! Each month, this publication will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources.

This online format allows you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information.

July 2018

Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Performance Framework Changes Document Released

In May, CDE released the annual performance framework change document. It provides an overview of the minor anticipated changes to the 2018 performance frameworks along with the supporting rationale for the changes. In addition, the document provides additional information of note including future changes resulting from legislative action.

This document along with other 2018 framework resources are posted on the performance framework resources webpage.

Preliminary frameworks are expected to be sent to districts by Wednesday, Aug. 22. As in the past few years, due to the public nature of the data, the preliminary files will also be posted on CDE’s website on Monday, Aug. 27.  

ACCESS growth data is available. CMAS and PSAT to SAT growth data is expected in mid August.

Accountability and Family Partnership Contacts

Districts transitioning to a new assigned Accountability or Family Partnership contact for the 2018-19 school year should send CDE information for the new representative by Friday, July 6. An optional survey was sent to superintendents which will authorize the accountability contact to view student level data for accountability purposes. For more information, contact Kirby Stein at or 303-866-6108.

Unified Improvement Plan template transition

Last month, the Unified Improvement Plan 2018-19 templates were made available in the UIP online system. The customized school and district pre-populated accountability reports will be available later this summer. These will include state and federal accountability expectations, which will be populated approximately two weeks after the release of the performance frameworks. 

For more information, visit the UIP online system webpage or contact Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

What's on the Horizon

Request to Reconsider

CDE staff will be available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process this summer and fall. Exact dates have not yet been finalized for the process. However, if a district would like assistance reviewing any local data in the meantime, contact Jessica Watson at or 303-866-6778.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Alyssa Pearson, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6855, or visit


Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments, English language proficiency assessments, college/career ready assessments, and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state tests in English language arts (ELA), math, science and social studies. In 2017-18, Colorado will administer the PSAT to ninth- and 10th-graders and the SAT to 11th-graders.

What's Happening Now

Assessment Results

2018 state assessment results are expected to be available according to the timeline in the following table. State assessment overall and disaggregated results, as well as growth results, are expected to be presented at the State Board of Education's August meeting. 

2018 Targeted Reporting Dates*

Student Level Data Files

CMAS and CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

mid-June (6/8)

CMAS: Mathematics and ELA, including CSLA

end of June (6/25)


early July (7/3) via Syncplicity

CoAlt: Mathematics and ELA (DLM)

mid-June (6/25) via Syncplicity

District and School Summary Data Files

CMAS and CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

mid-June (6/15)

CMAS: Mathematics and ELA

early July (7/3)

District and School Summary Reports

CMAS and CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

end of June (6/22)

CMAS: Mathematics and ELA, including CSLA

mid-July (7/17)

FINAL Individual Student Performance Reports (electronic)

CMAS and CoAlt : Science and Social Studies

end of June (6/22)

CMAS: Mathematics and ELA, including CSLA

mid-July (7/10)


Starting early-May (5/3) via students’ online account

Starting early-June (6/11) via educators’ online account

CoAlt: Mathematics and ELA (DLM)

mid-June (6/15) via DLM Educator Portal

Additional Reports

CMAS: Science and Social Studies

Item Analysis Report
Content Standards Roster

end of June (6/29)

CMAS: Mathematics and ELA

Evidence Statement Analysis Report
Content Standards Roster

end of July (7/24)

Individual Student Performance Reports (hard copy)

CMAS (all content areas)

end of July (week of 7/25)

CoAlt : Science and Social Studies


mid-June (6/15)

*Reports and files provided or made available by Pearson, College Board, or University of Kansas (DLM) contain or may contain personally identifiable information. These reports and files should be treated as confidential.

All state assessment results will be embargoed and must not be publicly disseminated, distributed or published by any means until they are publicly released at the August State Board of Education meeting. However, districts and schools may share confidential individual student performance reports with parents upon receipt of the reports and may use aggregated and individual student level results internally for informational and planning purposes before the public release of results. 

What's on the Horizon

2018-2019 Assessments at a Glance



CMAS and CoAlt (DLM): Math and English language arts (including CSLA)*

*CMAS ELA and Math assessments are expected to include operational items developed specifically for Colorado.

Grades 3-8

CMAS and CoAlt: Science

Grades 5, 8 and 11

CMAS and CoAlt: Social Studies

Grades 4 and 7 (sampling basis with approximately one-third of schools participating)

Grade 11 (all schools currently scheduled to participate)


Grades 9 and 10


Grade 11


Grades K-12


Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, 303-866-6760,, or visit

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

Educator Talent rules approved

During its June meeting, the State Board of Education approved changes to the rules covering educator preparation, evaluation and licensing. These actions follow nearly two years of careful research and feedback from educators around the state. A number of issues were addressed in these rules, including:

In the coming months, the Educator Talent Unit will share how revisions to rules will impact districts/BOCES and will provide guidance and support to help meet new requirements. 

Teacher of the Year application deadline extended

Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher in any state-approved or accredited K-12 school. The Teacher of the Year program provides an excellent way to elevate the profession by highlighting an exceptional individual and underscoring the lasting impression teachers leave on the lives of students and the fabric of our community.

Please encourage interested educators to apply for this award by Wednesday, July 11, via the online Colorado Teacher of the Year Application. Additional program information and nominee requirements can be found on the Colorado Teacher of the Year program webpage.

For questions, contact Patricia Gleason at or 303-866-6143.

Educator Effectiveness Assurances due

Colorado districts and BOCES are required to submit assurances of implementing the State Model Evaluation System or another evaluation system aligned with Senate Bill 10-191 and Colorado State Board Rules for Written Evaluation Systems by July 1 of each year. This includes a signed signature page (PDF) containing required signatures from both the Superintendent/BOCES Executive Director and Board President/BOCES Board Chairperson.

For questions or assistance with the assurances process, contact the Carolyn Haug at or 303-866-6923.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

July 1: Educator Effectiveness Assurances are due
July 11:  Teacher of the Year applications are due

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner, 303-866-6945, or visit


In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Colorado in May 2017, submitted its state plan to the U.S. Department of Education on how it intends to implement ESSA in Colorado, and received plan approval on May 8, 2018. View CDE’s official press release for more information on plan approval process or visit CDE’s ESSA webpage for information on ESSA Implementation.


What's Happening Now

2018-19 Consolidated Application

The 2018-19 Consolidated Application window closed on June 30. Districts and BOCES that submitted an extension request should continue to work to submit the consolidated application as soon as possible.

During July, CDE staff will review and provide feedback through the online application system. Districts and BOCES will review comments and update the application based on the feedback received. This process will repeat until all comments are successfully addressed. Districts and BOCES are asked to respond within 30 days to initial comments with a goal of giving all applications final approval by Sept. 30.

For questions regarding the review process, reach out to your ESEA regional contact.

2018-19 Redesignation Guidance Now Available

The 2018-19 redesignation guidance is available on the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Redesignation and Exiting guidance webpage. While the format is new, the requirements have not changed when using ACCESS 2.0 assessment results. The new guidance does, however, clarify district and school obligations when considering English learners with an IEP for redesignation.

2018-19 Redesignation Guidance noteworthy additions:

  • Addition of a pathway for those English learners who are assessed on the Alternate ACCESS.
  • Specific language and recommendations for English learners with an IEP who take ACCESS 2.0. 

We would like to thank the many special education and English learner colleagues across the state who worked to update and refine the 2018-19 Redesignation Guidance document. These changes and additions clarify the requirements, as well as provide flexibility for English learners with an IEP.

For questions, contact Morgan Cox at or 303-866-6784.

What's on the Horizon

ESSA Monitoring

The Colorado Department of Education is beginning to implement all sections of the state's ESSA plan, including a review of district Consolidated Applications. As we launch the review process, districts will receive training, support, and guidance on ESSA requirements and the indicators that will be reviewed both remotely and while on site.

As described in the state plan, monitoring will occur in multi-year cycles through various formats including desk reviews, onsite reviews and ESSA title program effectiveness meetings. Districts and BOCES that are selected for a review during the 2018-19 school year will be notified and will receive instructions, guidance and support to prepare for the review.

For questions, contact DeLilah Collins at or 303-866-6850.

2018-19 ESSA Application for School Improvement

Last year, Colorado changed the way federal and state services are awarded to local education agencies. Rather than multiple applications on separate timelines, CDE streamlined school improvement opportunities into a single application, the ESSA Application for School Improvement, or EASI, with a needs-based approach to award services and funding.

Districts with schools identified under ESSA (i.e., Comprehensive Support, Targeted Support) and/or schools identified under state accountability (i.e., Priority Improvement, Turnaround) will once again be invited to apply for this opportunity. The 2018-19 application will be open mid-September with applications due in early November.

For more information, visit the EASI page or contact Laura Meushaw at 303-866-6618 or

Federal Programs Year-at-a-Glance Tool

The Year-at-a-Glance tool is intended to provide local administrators of ESSA grant programs a one-stop checklist of tasks and timelines for the programs included in the Consolidated Application: Title I, Part A; Title I, Part D; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; Title IV, Part A; and Title V, Part B. Items are marked as either required or best practice along with links to additional resources.

Contact ESEA regional contacts with questions regarding the information contained in the Year-at-a-Glance tool.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Patrick Chapman, executive director of Federal Programs, at 303-866-6780 or or visit

Organizational Effectiveness

What's Happening Now

2016-17 school finance data available

A second full year of financial information is now available on the Financial Transparency for Colorado Schools Website that presents school and district financial information in an easy-to-understand format. The web portal was launched last year populated with financial data from the 2015-16 school year, the latest available. Now, information has been added from the 2016-17 school year.


Local education agencies must submit 2018-19 school calendar information by Friday, July 13.


Migrant regions may enter 2018 summer enrollment records into the New Generation System (NGS). Local education agencies will continue to receive monthly notifications for direct certification of newly identified migrant students through Data Pipeline.

Special Education Discipline

The Special Education Discipline Interchange and Snapshot are both available. By Wednesday, July 11 districts must resolve all Discipline Action Interchange errors and Administrative Units must resolve all IEP Child/Participation Interchange errors. This collection will close on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Teacher Student Data Link/ Statewide Standard Course Codes

The 2017-18 Teacher Student Data Link (TSDL) interchange and snapshot are both open and files may be uploaded throughout the school-year. Webinar training is offered each month on the second Tuesday at 1 p.m. The deadline is Friday, Aug.31.

Designated Agency

The 2017-18 Designated Agency collection is open. Designated agencies may enter 2017-18 candidates into the Data Pipeline until the last day in August.

Special Education End of Year

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is open. By Wednesday, July 11, 2017-18 Administrative Units must resolve all IEP Interchange errors (Child File/Participation File) and at least one 2017-18 Special Education End of Year Snapshot created. This collection will close Oct. 4.

Student End of Year

The 2017-18 Student End of Year Snapshot is open and snapshots may be created. The target date for having an error-free End of Year snapshot is July 26. Sept. 13 is the deadline by which local education agencies must submit their Student End of Year snapshot.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

July 13:  District calendars for 2018-19 due within Directory

More Information

For more information on data services, contact Jan Petro, director, 303-866-6838, or visit

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

The READ Act

READ Collection and Fund Distribution

In July, districts will receive information about the READ Act per-pupil fund distribution for the 2018-19 school year. Allowable uses for per-pupil intervention money for students with significant reading deficiencies include:

  • providing full-day kindergarten;
  • purchasing tutoring services in reading;
  • providing other targeted, scientifically or evidence-based intervention services; or
  • operating a summer school literacy program.

Also, small, rural districts are allowed to purchase the services of a literacy specialist from a BOCES for professional development in literacy or other supports for implementation of the READ Act using READ funds. Visit the READ data pipeline webpage for more information.

For questions about the READ data collection or budget reporting requirements or to provide feedback on the READ Data Dashboard, contact Whitney Westgaard, literacy data analyst, at or 303-866-6421. 


At its June meeting, the State Board of Education approved revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards in the content areas of reading, writing and communicating; comprehensive health and physical education; and science. The June vote completes the revision process for the Colorado Academic Standards. Development of the extended evidence outcomes, Colorado's alternate achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities, will now be undertaken.
Districts will have two years to review and revise their local standards as needed with implementation of the revised standards scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. The CMAS assessments will be reviewed for their alignment to the revised standards, and any needed adjustments will be made accordingly with inclusion in the scored assessments expected no earlier than 2020-21. Approaches to revisions may differ across the content areas and/or grades depending on the level of modification required. Any needed revisions to CoAlt are anticipated to be reflected on the same schedule as CMAS.

The department anticipates that final, edited versions of the approved standards, as well as an online standards system, will be available by early August. CDE staff will lead a session on the standards at the CASE conference on Thursday, July 26, at 1:45 p.m. where attendees can learn more. CDE also will seek input regarding implementation options for the science standards. This will be in addition to feedback sessions conducted throughout the state to help determine the best approach for the updated requirements with this revision.

View more information on the standards review and revision process and supporting materials.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868, or visit

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