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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! This e-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.

I Matter Program Renewed, Now Extended Through June 30, 2023

In May 2022, the Colorado State Legislature renewed I Matter, a program that provides up to six free counseling sessions for any Colorado youth. With the new funding, the program will extend until at least June 30, 2023, and could continue until June 30, 2024, depending on how quickly funds are expended.

Learn more about the program's renewal in the Colorado Department of Human Services' press release. A digital toolkit is also available to share I Matter in your communities. Download the digital toolkit with social media posts and a platform overview that explains what to expect when using the website and services. Free I Matter materials can be ordered through the program’s online ordering form. Visit IMatterColorado.org or YoImportoColorado.org to sign up for services in English or Spanish.

June 2022


Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Accountability

With the accountability system resuming in fall 2022, the State Board of Education is adjusting the accountability rules. See the May 2022 Update for more details, including links. State board rules were noticed in April and will be finalized at the meeting on Wednesday, June 8. The majority of the proposed adjustments are for the request to reconsider process.  In 2022, years on the accountability clock will be paused. This means schools and districts will not automatically advance on the clock, nor will they automatically exit the clock, unless they are engaging in the request to reconsider process.  As a part of the amended rules, state board members asked to include a requirement for participating schools and districts to have at least 90% total participation on state assessments. This total is not adjusted for parent excusal.  The request to reconsider process and guidance will be released after board rules are finalized. For more information on request to reconsider, visit the request to reconsider webpage.

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) 

Results from the 2022 TLCC survey are now available on the TLCC Survey website. Overall statewide response grew by 23%, in part due to the addition of Education Support Professionals. Statewide trends show educators continue to find their schools to be a good place to work and for students to learn. Positive increases were seen in facilities and resources, including class size, instructional resources, and physical space. Staff continue to struggle with time to prepare for their primary duties, engaging in professional learning, and putting new learning into practice. 

Districts and schools that met reporting thresholds should take time to reflect on results and collectively determine next steps. Use the resources available at the TLCC website to guide next steps. CDE staff is available to support training and facilitated work sessions. Contact uiphelp@cde.state.co.us for more information.

Call for Family, School, and Community Promising Partnership Practices

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education is collecting promising partnership practices from schools, districts, early childhood programs and institutes of higher education across the state to publish in the seventh annual Promising Partnership Practices—Colorado book.  The purpose of this book is for schools, districts and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success. For more information, to view previous practices and to submit a new practice, visit the FSCP website

Upcoming Improvement Planning Training

The School Improvement and Planning team is hosting a webinar on “Implementing and Progress Monitoring a School Improvement Plan” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Visit the UIP training webpage to register for the webinar. 

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Rhonda Haniford, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6202.

Assessments

Assessments administered by the division include summative content assessments as measures of college/career readiness, CMAS and the SAT Suite of Assessments; English language proficiency assessments, ACCESS for ELLs; and alternate content assessments, CoAlt, for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success are the state tests in English language arts for grades 3-8, math for grades 3-8 and science for grades 5, 8 and 11. In spring 2022, Colorado administered the PSAT to 9th and 10th graders and the SAT to 11th graders. 

What's Happening Now

Updates to CoAlt: English Language Arts and Math, Dynamic Learning Maps Consortia, Demographic and Invalidation Data

Districts can review and make corrections to demographic and invalidation data for the CoAlt: English language arts and math dynamic learning maps assessments through CDE’s voluntary Student Biographical Data Review process until Wednesday, June 8.

A one page reference document is available to help districts identify how parent excusals should be coded for each assessment.

2022 State Assessment Results

State assessment overall and disaggregated results, as well as growth results, are expected to be presented at the August State Board of Education meeting. Results will be embargoed and must not be publicly disseminated, distributed or published by any means until they are publicly released. 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 at the August State Board of Education meeting. Distribution of confidential results within your district must be in accordance with state and federal laws, and local and school board policy.

CMAS ELA and Math student level data files and summary data files are scheduled to be available to districts and schools in PearsonAccessnext by the end of June. CMAS reports, including electronic student performance reports, are scheduled to be available throughout July, and hard copy student performance reports are scheduled to be sent to districts at the end of July. District Assessment Coordinators are provided with access to CMAS results, and they are able to grant access to other district personnel as deemed appropriate by the district.

SAT scores became available to students on May 4 through their College Board online student account.  Students in grades 9 and 10 were able to access their PSAT scores beginning on May 16.  Individual student and aggregate school and district PSAT and SAT scores will be available to educators in College Board’s K-12 Assessment Reporting portal on Friday, June 10, and paper PSAT/SAT score reports will be shipped to schools on Friday, June 17.  District Assessment Coordinators will be able to access your district’s PSAT/SAT individual student level file in early July via Syncplicity.

CoAlt ELA and Math student level data files are scheduled to be available to districts via Syncplicity in June and PSAT and SAT individual student level files are scheduled to be available to districts via Syncplicity in early July.

Detailed reporting timelines will be sent to District Assessment Coordinators.

Science reporting for CMAS to include only normative achievement indicators

As a reminder, the 2020 Science Colorado Academic Standards were scheduled to be fully implemented in schools this school year. CMAS and CoAlt science reporting will take longer this year because Colorado students saw science items aligned to the 2020 Science CAS for the first time this spring. Standard-setting for the revised CMAS and CoAlt science assessments will likely occur after the spring 2023 assessment administration. For this reason, science reporting for this spring’s assessments will provide normative achievement indicators in the form of percentile ranks but will not include the performance level information that is typically provided. Criterion-referenced reporting is expected to resume after the spring 2023 science administration.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

June 8: CoAlt: DLM ELA/Math SBD window closes

More Information

For more information on assessments, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, 303-866-6760, zurkowski_j@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment.

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

2022-23 Educator Effectiveness Assurances due Friday, July 1.

Each year by July 1, Colorado districts and BOCES are required to submit assurances they are implementing the State Model Evaluation System or another evaluation system that is aligned to the requirements in state statute and rules for teachers, principals and special services providers.

The complete picture of districts' and BOCES' evaluation systems reveals important statewide trends, and it informs the Educator Effectiveness team's work with individual districts and regional professional learning communities.  A summary of the requirements for the 2022-23 collection cycle is below:

  • The educator evaluation model used to evaluate teachers, principals and all nine categories of special services providers
  • For those educators, the weights assigned to the four professional practices quality standards defined in rule
  • The implementation of the Advisory Personnel Performance Evaluation Council, also referred to as the 1338 Committee
  • The date by which all educators will be trained on the system used for their evaluation

To complete the 2022-23 assurances, the superintendent, BOCES director or appointed designee collects the specific information listed above and completes the online submission according to the 2022-23 submission instructions.

For additional information, visit the Assurances for Educator Evaluation Systems webpage or contact Carolyn Haug, director of Educator Research and Impact at haug_c@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6923.  Additionally, Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialists are available to provide support on evaluation processes for districts and BOCES.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

  • July 1:  2022-23 Educator Effectiveness Assurances due

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent at oneil_c@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6945 or visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent.

ESSA

What's Happening Now

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

More Information

For more information, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, director of the ESEA office, at mohajeri-nelson_n@cde.state.co.us

Organizational Effectiveness

Student Biographical Data collection will be completed this month. School code change requests and READ have due dates this summer.

What's Happening Now

Student Biographical Data - Dynamic Learning Maps

The CoAlt ELA/Math SBD review window for the 2021-22 school year is Wednesday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 8.

Directory  

Districts may request school code changes for the 2021-22 school year.  These requests must be made by Thursday, June 30.   Local Education Agencies' calendars for 2021-22 may be entered between Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, Sept. 1. 

2021-22 Spring READ Assessment Reporting

The READ assessment collection is now open until Friday, July 1. All districts must submit files by Friday, June 17, at which time the cross-local education agency validation process commences.

2022-23 Literacy Programs & Assessment Reporting

READ Literacy Programs and Assessment Reporting is open until Friday, July 1.

Teacher Student Data Link  

The teacher student data link interchange file is open as well as the TSDL snapshot. For the 2021-22 school year, all districts are required to report TSDL data for students in grades 6-12 only.  With this school year being a reportable Civil Rights Data Collection year, it is advised to also report all computer science courses as well for the 6th-12th grade students as this subject is required for the CRDC file.   Additionally, all courses are required to be reported for 8th-12th grade migrant students. The TSDL snapshot is due Friday, Aug. 12.

School Discipline  

School Discipline is open and will be due Friday, Aug. 19.

Attendance 

The Attendance snapshot is open and will be due Aug. 25. 

Special Education Discipline

The Special Education Discipline interchange is available for districts to upload their Sped Discipline Action file. Administrative Units may take snapshots once the districts have uploaded their files and the Special Education individualized education program child and participation files have been updated. This collection will close Saturday, Aug. 13.

Designated Agency   

The 2021-22 Designated Agency data collection is open in the Data Pipeline for alternative licensure educator preparation programs to enter 2021-22 candidates until Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Migrant

Migrant Regional Programs must withdraw all attending students at the end of the regular term within the Migrant Student Information System. The Migrant Student Cognos List Guides are now located on the Data Pipeline Website.

Each guide walks you through step-by-step instructions on how to access your district’s Migrant Student Cognos List. Should you have questions regarding your district’s Migrant List, please reach out to your local Migrant Education Programs Regional Contact, who coordinates and delivers services to migrant students.

Special Education End of Year  

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is available to Administrative Units. IEP interchange errors need to be resolved and at least one snapshot created by Thursday, June 30. This collection will close Friday, Sept. 30.

Student End of Year  

The 2021-22 End of Year snapshot is open, and districts may create snapshots. The target date for creating an initial snapshot is Thursday, June 2. Error free student interchange files need to be completed by Thursday, June 23.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

  • 06/30/22:  READ Budget Submission deadline (non-Pipeline)

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Annette Severson, manager of data services, severson_a@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/datapipeline

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Office of Standards and Instructional Support

Social Studies Standards Revision Recommendations 

The social studies revision committee will present their final recommendations for revisions to the social studies standards at the June State Board of Education meeting.   

For more information about the revision process, please visit the revision home page. 

For questions, contact Joanna Bruno, bruno_j@cde.state.co.us 

 

Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant  

CDE is accepting applications for the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant program.  This grant is created to support the acceleration of student learning to help overcome some of the challenges brought about by the pandemic.  The application window closes Tuesday, June 28. For more information, please visit the ESSER Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Program website or contact Robert Beauchamp beauchamp_r@cde.state.co.us  

Preschool through Third Grade Office 

2022-23 Teacher Training Completion Reporting

The 2022-23 Teacher Training Completion collection opens on Monday, Aug. 1, for the READ Act K-3 teacher training requirement. Through Data Pipeline, local education providers are required to report all K-3 teachers who have completed the training. The deadline to submit files to Data Pipeline is Wednesday, Aug. 31.   

For more information regarding READ Data Pipeline and other READ Act collections, please visit the READ Data Collection website. Please contact Whitney Hutton at hutton_w@cde.state.co.us with any questions.   

Time is running out to complete K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training requirements

The deadline for the READ Act evidence-based training in teaching reading is Monday, Aug. 1. Educators who teach literacy to K-3 students must submit proof of completion by Monday, Aug. 15.

Using the Colorado Online Licensing system is the most efficient way for licensed teachers to submit their documentation. Unlicensed teachers should fill out this Google form to start their submission process. Please note that the READ Act training requirement is not mandatory to maintain a teacher’s license status in any way. The benefit of adding the READ Act training designation to an educator’s license is that the proof of completion will stay on the educator’s Colorado credentials for future years as they may change grade levels, schools or districts.

Visit the K-3 Teacher Evidenced-Based Reading Training Requirements webpage for additional information.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

  • Aug. 1: All teachers who provide literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade three, must complete CDE-approved training in teaching reading by Monday, Aug. 1, which is when the data collection submission window will open.
  • Aug. 15: Teachers should submit documentation of their completed training through the COOL licensing system. If a teacher does not submit documentation to COOL and does not receive a designation on their license by Monday, Aug. 15, then the LEP will be required to submit evidence of completion to CDE through alternative means which may delay the release of funding. 
  • Aug. 31: Districts must ensure and report that all K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading by reporting the documentation that each individual teacher has completed by Wednesday, Aug. 31. The information provided in this report will be used to calculate district compliance percentages to release READ funding.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, Teaching and Learning, at Cobb_F@cde.state.co.us