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Ascend Colorado IEP System

COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Ascend Colorado (AnLar)


Ascend Colorado is the new, customized Individualized Education Program (IEP) system developed by AnLar, LLC in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education. This new system is designed to support implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ascend will be used statewide by teams of educators, service providers and families to develop and implement Individualized Educational Programs.  Ascend Colorado is live and available to all Administrative Units AUs of July 1, 2021. Please visit the Colorado Ascend website for more information.

Ascend Onboarding Information Meetings

Through December 2021, Special Education Directors’ will have an opportunity to attend group and/or individualized onboarding meetings with AnLar. If you would like to schedule a meeting with AnLar to discuss onboarding, please fill out this survey, and this doodle poll to schedule your meeting time.

Planning to onboard with Ascend in 2022?

No later than January 14, 2022, you must fill out this survey notifying AnLar that your AU is a “maybe” to join Ascend on July 1, 2022.

No later than March 1, 2022, you must fill out this survey (same link) notifying AnLar of your final decision to join Ascend on July 1, 2022.

** Survey responses are the only way to onboard with Ascend in 2022. **

Special Education Directors’ Meeting (October 14 and 15, 2021)

Join us for an update on the Ascend Colorado IEP system. During this session, we will provide a brief system demonstration, discuss the system approach to professional learning, share information about how to sign up to use Ascend during the 2022-2023 school year, and offer opportunities to meet individually and discuss your AU needs. The session will be repeated (one per day), so please select the time that works best for you.

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Update on Special Education Data Management System


Due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s purchasing office is allowing Administrative Units to continue accessing the Frontline IEP system for another year at no cost even though AnLar, LLC, is contracted to build both a new state-sponsored IEP system and state Data Management System.

Additionally, CDE will continue to have access to the Special Education DMS and the Gifted DMS for another year. All data collected through Thursday, June 30, will remain in the current DMS. Ultimately, CDE will transfer all data to the new DMS.

New data collected during the 2021-22 school year will begin being stored in the new DMS. At the AU level, the process will be just like the current process. But instead of logging into the current DMS, districts will log into the new DMS. Though the systems will not be identical, the overall process of uploading the data or checking information provided by CDE to districts will be similar.

Finally, it is important to note that Data Pipeline and the DMS are separate systems. There will be no transfer of data from the current DMS to Data Pipeline, nor is it expected that there will be any data transfer from the new DMS to Data Pipeline. AUs will continue to access and upload information to Data Pipeline as they have always done. 

Additional information regarding changes to the DMS will be forthcoming as a more detailed timeline is developed.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Kerry Whitmore at or 303‐866‐6604

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