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Call for Submissions - Promising Partnership Practices
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education is collecting promising practices to publish in the first annual Promising Partnership Practices Colorado book. The book will allow schools, districts, and other educational organizations to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.
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Parent Refusals Won’t Result in Lowered Accreditation or School Rating
The state board of education adopted a motion to not hold districts liable for the decisions of parents who do not allow their children to take state tests in English language arts and math.  The motion is effective immediately.  Read Commissioner Hammond’s letter.
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Submit Comments for Colorado's Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver Renewal
CDE seeks input by March 6 regarding Colorado's proposed waiver and intent to renew from stakeholder groups, including: superintendents, local ESEA program directors, professional organizations, advisory groups, child advocacy groups and the public.
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Submit a Question for the State Board of Education Study Session on Assessment Data Collection
On Thursday, March 12, the state board of education will conduct a study session concerning assessments and related data collection.  CDE staff along with representatives from Pearson will provide a brief presentation and respond to questions from the board and pre-submitted questions from the public. Questions can be submitted through Monday, March 2.
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Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Hammond encourage educators to TELL Colorado
The statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions is open from Wednesday, Feb. 11 through Monday, March 9. 
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View the Final Report from the Assessment Task Force
The Standards and Assessments Task Force presented a report of findings and recommendations to the Joint Education Committee and Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 28.
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2014-15 Milken Educator Award
Third-grade Sunnyside Elementary teacher Carrie Harper was surprised with this year's Milken Educator Award and $25,000 cash. Harper is known for the effective and creative ways she infuses her love of learning into the Sunnyside community.
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GED Incentives
The GED Testing Service is offering discounts for students taking the GED tests and practice tests. Offers are valid from Jan. 26 through Feb. 28.
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New Family and Community Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards
These user-friendly guides for grades six-12 are designed to help families and communities across Colorado better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards.
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New Communication Toolkits
These new resources make it easy for districts/schools to communicate with teachers or staff and principals/teachers to communicate with parents or community members. 
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