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School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider

Overview

Each year, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) calculates and publishes District Performance Framework reports (DPFs), which determine district accreditation ratings. The department also produces School Performance Framework reports (SPFs) for schools, which determine school plan types. In Colorado, the State Board of Education is responsible for accrediting districts and districts are responsible for accrediting their schools. Districts have the opportunity to review the state identified district or school rating from the DPF or SPF.  If the district disagrees with the initial rating, then additional performance data may be submitted to CDE through the request to reconsider process.

Request to Reconsider in 2023. 

On December 13, 2023, the state board finalized the performance frameworks for all schools and districts that participated in request to reconsider. The board approved improved district accreditation ratings for 10 districts and improved plan types for 73 schools. View the 2023 Request to Reconsider Decisions Summary.

Request to Reconsider in 2024. 

The Accreditation and Request to Reconsider process will begin with the release of performance frameworks in the fall. Updated guidance will be posted this summer. 2024 Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Guidance (DOC) or (PDF) is available now.

 

Announcements

2024 Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Process

Timeline

  • Accreditation Forms must be submitted in the Accreditation Portal by September 23, 2024
  • Request to reconsider materials must be submitted in the Accreditation Changes tab in the Accreditation Portal by October 15, 2024
  • Ratings will be finalized by the State Board of Education in November for all schools and districts not participating in request to reconsider and December for request to reconsider sites.
  • District accreditation contracts are due December 31, 2024. For districts that are Accredited or Accredited with Distinction, contracts must be signed at least every five years, for all other districts, contracts are signed annually. To access additional information about district accreditation, including current accreditation contracts, go to: https://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/districtaccreditation

Accreditation Portal and Submitting the Accreditation Form

All districts/Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must submit the Accreditation Form in the Accreditation Portal by September 23, 2024. The form’s purpose is to:

  • Begin the process of finalizing school plan types and district accreditation ratings;
  • Provide district updates for unique circumstances (e.g., new schools); &
  • Indicate intent to pursue a request to reconsider.

Access the Accreditation Portal by logging in to the ACI/UIP online system. The form is available to district accountability contacts (access and permissions are described in this guide). 

 

Resources and Support


Guidance Document

Guidance for Finalizing  Accreditation Categories and Submitting Requests to Reconsider for District Accreditation Ratings and School Plan Types (DOC) or (PDF) ​ June 2024

Body of Evidence Tools - Updates for 2024 Coming Soon

Local Assessment ToolAugust 2023

Matriculation Data Request Template - August 2023

 


Support

  • 2024 Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Informational Webinar This webinar provides an informational walkthrough of the accreditation and request to reconsider process in 2024.
  • Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Office Hours - If a district would like individualized assistance from CDE, office hours are available until the accreditation and request to reconsider process concludes.
    • Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Beginning August 27 and ending October 15, 3:00-4:00pm 
    • Registration: Zoom Sign-Up Link

Prior Request to Reconsider Decisions and Archive Resources

ADA Archive Icon  Click here to view the archive of prior year decisions and resources.

 

Helpful Links

 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact accountability@cde.state.co.us.