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Welcome to Colorado’s conversation about the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

By Richard Crandall, Commissioner of Education
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 9:10am

For 14 years, we’ve lived under the No Child Left Behind Act.  With ESSA, states and local school districts have a greater ability to make decisions on the best use of funds, and more discretion over aspects of school and district accountability.

There is a lot of work to be done!  Because the new law changes many federal mandates, the state, in partnership with local education leaders, will play a decisive role in shaping assessment, accountability and support for struggling schools in the future.  We will need your help in carefully crafting these new systems. So, this blog will provide educators, district leaders, advocates and policy makers with information, resources and progress reports about the implementation of ESSA in Colorado.  We hope you will engage with us with thoughtful ideas, comments, opinions and constructive feedback.

We’ll categorize each of the posts so you can choose to view information about specific areas of the federal law– or the whole thing!  Be sure to “subscribe” to the areas you’d like to follow.

 We believe Colorado is well positioned to take advantage of the new flexibility provided by ESSA.    Together, we’ll shape new opportunities to ensure that all students in Colorado are prepared for success in college and careers.