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Pause on 2020-21 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19
Because of the pause on the 2019-20 state assessment system due to COVID-19, the state is planning to pause on the 2020-21 state accountability system. More details on the implications of a pause in state accountability are available in the links below.
CDE’s 2019 School Redesign Request for Information (RFI)
CDE has concluded its 2019 RFI evaluation, and the providers who were successful in that process are now included on our Advisory List. Schools and districts with low-performing schools are encouraged to consider the providers on the list, who are in five categories:
- Charter Schools and Networks
- Turnaround Leadership Development Providers
- School Improvement Support Partners
- Full Management Partners
- Stakeholder Engagement Specialists
If you have questions about the Advisory List or the RFI process, please contact Kate Bartlett, Turnaround Program Manager.
Changes to Accountability Clock - House Bill 18-1355
House Bill 18-1355 makes several modifications to Colorado’s accountability law, in particular to the Accountability Clock. The majority of these changes go into effect with the 2019 Performance Frameworks. For a summary of adjustments in the performance watch process (e.g., language, progression through clock), see the Performance Watch Summary.
About the Accountability Clock
Colorado’s accountability system, created under the Education Accountability Act of 2009, is based upon the premise that schools and districts that meet state expectations for student academic performance should hold increased autonomy, whereas those not meeting state expectations will receive increased support and monitoring. Schools and districts not meeting expectations in achievement, growth and postsecondary workforce readiness, as determined by the School and District Performance Frameworks, are assigned a plan type of Priority Improvement or Turnaround. Per state law, schools and districts cannot retain one of those plan types for five consecutive years before significant action must be taken. This statutory timeline is referred to as the Accountability Clock.
Priority Improvement & Turnaround Supplement
For more detailed information on the accountability requirements for Priority Improvement and Turnaround schools and districts, please see the Priority Improvement and Turnaround Supplement to the CDE District Accountability Handbook.
View the Priority Improvement & Turnaround Supplement (PDF) (updated August 2018)
House Bill 18-1355
House Bill 18-1355 makes several modifications to Colorado’s accountability law, in particular to the Accountability Clock. The majority of these changes go into effect with the 2019 Performance Frameworks. For a summary of key changes, please see the HB 18-1355 Performance Watch Summary.
End-of-Clock Recommendation Process
If a school or district receives a plan type of Priority Improvement or Turnaround for five consecutive years, then the State Board of Education must direct an action to the local board of education. The State Board has discretion to take action prior to the end of the Accountability Clock for schools and districts with Turnaround plans.
Schools and districts on the Accountability Clock for any period of time should be implementing research-based strategies of appropriate scope and intensity to improve student outcomes. After five consecutive years, the local board will be directed by the State Board of Education as to which strategy, or pathway, to pursue. This may include school closure, converting schools to a charter school, working with an external management partner, seeking innovation status for a school or group of schools, or district reorganization. In considering appropriate actions, the State Board will refer to a recommendation from the State Review Panel and a report from the Commissioner of Education. School districts may also provide a proposal for their preferred pathway to the State Board.
Accountability Pathways Resources
When a school or district reaches the end of the accountability clock, CDE staff will work with the district to select a pathway that is best suited to create dramatic change. We are continuing to develop resources to support this process. Below are guidance documents for each pathway, as well as rubrics for school districts submitting innovation or management plans on behalf of a school, set of schools, or the district. The rubrics are intended to guide planning for Priority Improvement and Turnaround schools and districts pursuing the innovation or management pathways. The rubrics will also be used by CDE staff to inform the Commissioner’s report and assess whether the plan, if implemented, will have significant, rapid and positive impact on student learning.
Pathway Guidance Documents
Accountability Pathways Grant
The Accountability Pathways Planning grant is intended to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and schools nearing the end of the Accountability Clock to explore pathway options, take thoughtful action, and increase readiness for discussions with the State Board of Education. The Accountability Pathways Planning grant is now part of the ESSA Application for School Improvement (EASI).
- South Conejos School District
- Denver Public Schools
- Sheridan School District 2
- Mapleton School District
- Lake County School District R-1
- Pueblo City Schools District 60
- Huerfano School District RE-1
- Greeley-Evans School District 6
- Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
- Westminster Public Schools
- Adams County School District 14
State Board Accountability Actions
Fall 2018: Hearings for Adams 14/Adams City High School; Heroes Middle School and Risley International Academy of Innovation in Pueblo City Schools (Entering Year 8)
Adams 14 School District and Adams City High School
- State Review Panel Report for Adams 14 School District
- State Review Panel Report for Adams City High School
- Adams 14 School District and Adams City High School CDE Progress Monitoring Reports
- Adams 14 Report to the State Board of Education
- Community Input
- Adams 14 Final Order Signed Nov. 27, 2018
- State Board of Education Communication to Adams 14 Stakeholders, Nov. 29, 2018
Heroes Middle School and Risley International Academy of Innovation (Pueblo City Schools)
- State Review Panel Report for Heroes Middle School
- State Review Panel Report for Risley International Academy of Innovation
- Heroes Middle School and Risley International Academy of Innovation CDE Progress Monitoring Reports
- Pueblo City Schools' Report to the State Board of Education
- Community Input
- Pueblo City Schools Final Order Signed Nov. 27, 2018
- State Board of Education Communication to Heroes and Risley Stakeholders, Nov. 29, 2018
Spring 2018: Hearings for Schools Entering Year 6
Martinez Elementary School (Greeley 6 School District)
Manaugh Elementary School (Montezuma-Cortez School District RE 1)
Please see State Board Accountability Actions for previous years