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Briefing on ESSA: West Comprehensive Center at WestEd

By Richard Crandall, Commissioner of Education
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 8:39am

Last Friday, February 26, six of us from CDE had the chance to join the leadership teams from the Departments of Ed in Utah, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona for a deep dive into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It was a one-day crash course looking at accountability, teacher qualifications, use of funds, and flexibility. I came away with a much clearer understanding of our responsibilities over the next 18 months, but more importantly, I came away with tremendous excitement about what we can accomplish as a state.

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New FAQs: Transitions to ESSA

By Patrick Chapman, Executive Director, Federal Programs
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 2:56pm

The U.S. Department of Education released a set of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on questions received from states and others.

The Department prepared these FAQs (ESSA FAQ document) to support states and LEAs in understanding expectations during the transition to full implementation of the ESSA, and will continue to add to these FAQs over the coming months.  

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Concurrent Enrollment Programs

By Misti Ruthven, Director of Postsecondary Readiness
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:29am

Did you know that ESSA permits the use of certain Federal funds to operate concurrent enrollment programs? Specifically, to address the needs of low-achieving secondary school students and those at risk of not meeting Colorado academic standards. CDE is working with the U.S. Department of Education to clarify these details and will add to concurrent enrollment guidance soon.

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A brief overview of the new law

By Alyssa Pearson, Interim Associate Commissioner
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 9:30am

On the day ESSA passed in December, CDE staff provided a brief overview of the new law to the State Board of Education. Take a look at the highlights of the changes that will affect Colorado’s assessment and accountability systems. Since this presentation was given, we’ve learned that most likely, the U.S. Department of Education won’t issue rules until October 2016 and state plans may not be due until summer 2017.

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