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Colorado's Level of Determination

34 CFR §300.603 requires that the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) make determinations based on information provided by the State in the State's annual performance report, information obtained through monitoring visits, and any other public information made available. OSEP determines if the State meets requirements; needs assistance; needs intervention; or needs substantial intervention in its ability to carry out the duties required of Part B of the Act.

In June 2021, Colorado received its Results-Driven Accountability (RDA) determination for the FFY 2019. Colorado is in the Needs Assistance category.

Previous Determinations





LEA (AU) Determinations

Starting in 2017, the Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) is using both Compliance and Results matrices to make determinations for each Administrative Unit (AU) under section 616(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Using the Result Matrix developed by the Result Matrix Workgroup and the preexisting Compliance Matrix, we consider the totality of the information we have about an AU. Note that only the Compliance Matrix was used in 2021 Determinations due to the absence of testing data because of the pandemic. 

Please see the resources below for more information about AU Determinations.

If you would like more information regarding Colorado's level of determination or enforcement actions imposed by OSEP, please contact:

Miki Imura, Ph.D
Supervisor of Data Accountability & Achievement
P 303.866.6976
Email Miki Imura

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