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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! This e-publication will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources.

This online format allows you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information.

CDE unveils COVID-19 Learning Impacts Toolkit

CDE created a COVID-19 Learning Impacts Toolkit to help district and school leaders plan and implement strategies to address the impacts of lost instructional time on the learning and wellbeing of students over the past school year. 

The toolkit has a variety of new and existing strategies to help school and district leaders address the impacts of the pandemic on the learning and wellbeing of students and staff. The toolkit's key themes are Reflect, Reset, Reimagine. CDE will continue to add resources to the toolkit over the next year to help district and school leaders adapt to the evolving needs of students.

Additionally, the toolkit is aligned with the Equity and Excellence Learning Series, which is an online event designed to catalyze conversations about resources and strategies. The series will be held June 16-17, June 23-24 and Aug. 4-6. Share this link with selected staff to register. Capacity for the Learning Series is limited and CDE encourages timely registration. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9.

July 2021


Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Accountability and Family Partnership Contacts

Districts will receive a survey in early July to fill out information about any new Accountability or Family Partnership contacts for the 2021-22 school year. The survey will allow superintendents to identify new contacts and will authorize accountability contacts to receive information and updates related to accountability, including permission to access student level data files. Superintendents will receive an email from Docusign that will prompt them to complete the survey. For more information or for Docusign support, contact Sharon Walsh at walsh_s@cde.state.co.us.

UIP Resources

Updated resources are available on the School Improvement Planning webpage to help support school and district leaders in their 2021-22 UIP development. Some resources include: Summary of Changes for 2021-22, Online System Guidance, Short Cycle Guidance within UIP and the Quality Criteria Rubric.

 

What's on the Horizon

Pre‐Populated UIP Reports 

The school and district pre-populated reports will be updated within the UIP online system in late July. The reports will include customized information about submission deadlines, state and federal expectations, and certain grant requirements that apply specifically to your schools and district.  

 

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Rhonda Haniford, Associate Commissioner, 303‐866‐6202.

Assessments

Assessments administered by the division include summative content assessments as measures of college/career readiness (CMAS and the SAT Suite of Assessments), English language proficiency assessments (ACCESS), and alternate content assessments (CoAlt) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  The Colorado Measures of Academic Success are the state tests in English language arts (grades three through eight), math (grades three through eight), science (grades five, eight and 11), and social studies (sampled in grades four and seven).  In spring 2021, Colorado administered the PSAT to ninth and 10th graders and the SAT to 11th graders.

What's Happening Now

2021 Reporting Timeline     

Adjustments to state assessment activities provided Colorado school districts with additional time and flexibility in spring 2021. Anticipated reporting timelines in the following table reflect the impact of the window extension. 

2021 Targeted Reporting Timeline*

Student Level Data Files 

CMAS

early July via PearsonAccessnext

CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

CoAlt: Mathematics and ELA (DLM)

early July via Syncplicity

CO PSAT/SAT

late July via Syncplicity

District and School Summary Data Files

CMAS

mid July via PearsonAccessnext

CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

Performance Level Summary Reports

CMAS

mid- to late July via PearsonAccessnext

CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

FINAL Individual Student Performance Reports (electronic)

CMAS

mid- to late July via PearsonAccessnext

CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

CO PSAT/SAT

available May 5 via students’ online account

available June 30 via educators’ online account

CoAlt: Mathematics and ELA (DLM)

July 2 via DLM Educator Portal

Additional Reports

CMAS

  • Participation Summary Report
  • District Summary of Schools
  • Evidence Statement Analysis (Math/ELA/ CSLA)
  • Item Analysis Report (Science)
  • Content Standards Roster

available in mid to late July via PearsonAccessnext

Individual Student Performance Reports (hard copy)

CMAS

early August

CoAlt: Science and Social Studies

CO PSAT/SAT

early- to mid-August

*Reports and files provided or made available by Pearson, College Board, or University of Kansas (DLM) contain or may contain personally identifiable information. These reports and files should be treated as confidential.

All state assessment results will be embargoed and must not be publicly disseminated, distributed or published by any means until they are publicly released by the state. However, districts and schools may share confidential individual student performance reports with parents upon receipt of the reports and may use aggregated and individual student level results internally for informational and planning purposes before the public release of results. 

CMAS Participation Summary Report

Districts and schools are encouraged to closely review their individual participation rates when interpreting local aggregated results as participation rates are critical to interpretation, and they will vary greatly across the state this year. Each district and school will receive a new participation summary report via PearsonAccessnext to assist with interpretation of CMAS results. The new report provides information on overall student group composition and participation rates, which should be considered when interpreting and determining appropriate uses of spring 2021 results.

What's on the Horizon

Public Release of Results

As a reminder, Colorado is required to publicly report spring 2021 state assessment results, including results from tests that were not required this spring. State assessment overall and disaggregated results are expected to be presented to the State Board of Education in August or September. Contextual information about the 2020-21 school year, participation rates and additional considerations will be included with the release of the results to assist with appropriate interpretation and usage of the results.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, zurkowski_j@cde.state.co.us, or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment.

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

Application window for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute is now open

Colorado principals are invited to apply for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute, a one-year program focused on leadership and improving climate and culture in schools. The institute is based on a cohort model with current principal participants working virtually alongside exemplary principals. The program consists of monthly virtual seminars followed by sessions with principal coaches who will provide support for building leaders to integrate the skills learned during the process. Participants will focus on understanding their leadership identity, implementing key elements of distributive leadership and learning about Adaptive Schools tools to build teacher capacity through collaborative teams.

Visit the Principal Leadership Institute webpage for more information, testimonial videos and the application. The application is open through Sunday, Aug. 15. For more information, email Robyn Hamasaki at hamasaki_r@cde.state.co.us.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent, 303-866-6945, oneil_c@cde.state.co.us or visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent.

ESSA

What's Happening Now

Federal COVID Education Funding Monitoring  

The CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts require states that accept ESSER funds to conduct monitoring and public reporting about the uses of funds, including how local education agencies have or are using ESSER funds to address COVID-19 impacts on education. Beginning June 21, CDE began publicly posting and regularly updating the required data on the federal COVID education funding webpage. To the extent feasible and possible, CDE will try to minimize the impact of the federal reporting requirements on LEAs. 

CDE also created a webpage to summarize the ESSER monitoring requirements and plans. All ESSER monitoring must be completed by Sept. 30, 2024, which means CDE must begin monitoring some LEAs in the 2021-22 school year. CDE is reaching out to the districts to be monitored during the 2021-22 school year. After all LEAs being monitored next year have been notified, a schedule will be posted outlining the LEAs being monitored the next few years. 

2021-22  Consolidated Application

The Consolidated Application was due Wednesday, June 30. As a reminder, the School Improvement Retention of Funds and Non-public School Consultation forms were due to CDE by May 30. Both forms need to be uploaded into the 2021-2022 Consolidated Application

 

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Megan Allen, director's assistant in the Federal Programs Unit, (303) 656-8686, Allen_M@cde.state.co.us.

Organizational Effectiveness

The final READ due date is in early July. ESG and EARSS end-of-year collections are in July. There are target dates for certain Data Pipeline collections in July.

What's Happening Now

READ   

The Reading to Ensure Academic Development is open through Thursday, July 1.  

ESG and EARSS End of Year Collection  

The 2020-21 Education Stability Grant and Expelled and At-Risk Student Services End of Year Collection closing date is Friday, July 16. This data is submitted through the Student Engagement Evaluation Data Collection, which is part of Data Pipeline.            

Teacher Student Data Link  

The teacher student data link interchange file is open as well as the teacher student data link snapshot. Only one interchange file must be uploaded as the collection has been re-designed. The statewide standard course code system is no longer being used. Now all data will be uploaded as part of the one interchange file. For the 2020-21 school year, all districts must report TSDL data for students in grades six through 12 only. With this school year being a reportable Civil Rights Data Collection year, they also should report all computer science courses as well for the sixth through 12th grade students as this subject is required for the CRDC file. Additionally, all courses are required to be reported for eighth through 12th grade migrant students. The TSDL snapshot is open and is due Friday, Aug. 13.

SRG End of Year Collection 

The 2020-21 Student Re-engagement Grant End of Year Collection closing date will be Friday, Aug. 13. This data is submitted through the Student Engagement Evaluation Data Collection, which is part of Data Pipeline.       

School Discipline  

School discipline is open and will be due Thursday, Aug. 26.

Attendance 

The attendance snapshot is also open and will be due Thursday, Aug. 26.

Special Education Discipline  

The Special Education Discipline interchange is available for districts to upload their Sped Discipline Action file. Administrative Units may take snapshots once the districts have uploaded their files and the Special Education IEP child and participation files have been updated. Districts (Discipline Action) and Administrative Units (IEP Child/Participation) must have applicable interchange errors resolved by Thursday, July 8.  This collection will close Thursday, Aug. 26.

Designated Agency  

The 2020-21 Designated Agency data collection is open in the Data Pipeline to enter 2020-21 candidates until Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Directory 

Local Education Agencies calendars for 2021-22 may be entered between June 1 and Sept. 1.

Migrant

Migrant regional programs must withdraw all attending students at the end of the regular term within the Migrant Student Information System and roll over all students who received a service during the summer term (June-August). Districts can access their Migrant Student List through Data Pipeline. Monthly, LEAs can access a Cognos Report in Data Pipeline entitled “Migrant Student List,” which can be pulled by school year and district and is located under “Student Profile.” The district must have the STD LEAUSER or STD LEAVIEWER role to see the Student Profile folder in Cognos. The report can be downloaded and imported into the district’s Student Information System. Ensure your district has uploaded a current Student School Association file to receive the most up-to-date Migrant List. For questions, contact your local Migrant Education Programs

American Rescue Plan 

The U.S. Department of Education under section 2001(b)(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is providing additional funding to help support school districts in serving students experiencing homelessness. The purposes of this funding include increasing the identification of homeless children and youth, providing wraparound services considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing the assistance needed to enable homeless children and youth to attend school and participate fully in school activities. Applications will be available on CDE’s McKinney-Vento homepage and announced in the CDE SCOOP the week of July 12. All Colorado LEAs and BOCES are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants that are not currently receiving McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act funding, and meet the purposes of the funding as described above and outlined in the upcoming grant application.

Special Education End of Year   

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is now available to Administrative Units. IEP interchange errors need to be resolved and at least one snapshot created by Thursday, July 8. This collection will close Thursday, Sept. 30.

Student End of Year 

The 2020-21 End of Year snapshot is open and districts may create snapshots.  The target date for an error-free End of Year snapshot is Thursday, July 22.

 

What's on the Horizon

Teacher Student Data Link, Student Re-engagement Grant (SRG) End of Year, School Discipline, Attendance, Special Education Discipline, and Designated Agency collections have due dates in August.  Local Education Agency calendars are due in the Directory by early September.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

07/01/21:  READ final deadline

07/16/21:  ESG End of Year Collection due date

07/16/21:  EARSS End of Year Collection deadline

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, petro_j@cde.state.co.us or visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/datapipeline

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Office of Learning Supports

MTSS Online Academy 

The Multi-Tiered System of Supports Online Academy provides participants with on-demand training across multiple topics related to MTSS in Colorado. Currently, the topics included in the Online Academy are: 

  • MTSS 101 
  • Team-Driven Shared Leadership 
  • Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision Making 
  • Family, School, and Community Partnering 
  • Layered Continuum of Supports 
  • Evidence-Based Practices 
  • Implementation Science 
  • Response to Intervention 
  • Universal Design for Learning 

Joining the Online Academy as a guest provides access to all the learning materials. The participant's progress will not be tracked, and he or she will not be able to earn Continuing Education Units. To join as a guest, simply visit the MTSS Online Academy webpage on Moodle and engage in the lessons. 

2021 Colorado Science Standards Implementation Institutes 

Join the Office of Standards and Instructional Support this summer for the 2021 Implementation Institutes, which are professional learning experiences that can serve as a launching point for educators across Colorado to learn about the recently revised Colorado Academic Standards in science. Events are free and open to science educators across the state, but capacity is limited. Visit the Implementation Institute webpage to learn more or to register. 

K-12 Science Standards Summer 2021 Regional Institute Dates: 

  • Pikes Peak Region: Tuesday, July 13 
  • Northern Colorado: Wednesday, Aug. 4 

 For more information, contact Maya Garcia at garcia_maya@cde.state.co.us.  

Standards Revision Committees Have Begun 

Use this website to stay up to date on the work of the Standards Revision Committees for the Arts and Social Studies. For more information, contact Joanna Bruno bruno_j@cde.state.co.us.

Computer Science Education Grant Applications are Open 

CDE is accepting applications for two computer science education grant programs. Among them, the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program for professional development and the Computer Science Education Grant Program to increase student enrollment. The application period will be open for both grants through Friday, Aug.13. To learn more about this grant program and to apply, visit the grants webpageFor more information contact Chris Summers, summers_c@cde.state.co.us  

What's on the Horizon

Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) Office 

 

Teacher Training Completion Reporting  

For the 2022-23 budget year, local education providers must submit evidence of their compliance with the mandated teacher training requirements. The evidence must be submitted to CDE by both the local education provider and teachers by August 2022 for a district to receive 2022-23 READ funding. Districts will submit this information through the Data Pipeline. Teachers will submit documentation through the Colorado Online Licensing system. Due to this new reporting process, the distribution of 2022-23 READ funds will be delayed until November 2022. More information about reporting requirements will be coming soon. For more information about reporting contact Whitney Hutton at hutton_w@cde.state.co.us.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on teaching and learning contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, at Cobb_F@cde.state.co.us