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COVID-19 and Special Education
CDE's Office of Special Education has gathered resources to help answer questions around the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to special education.
Update your Special Education Director and Special Education Fiscal Contact Information.
2020-2021 Standard Record Review
Changes in reporting educational environments for 5-year-old kindergartners
- 5-year-old kindergartners must be reported with school-age educational environment categories starting in December Count 2020 (School Year 2020-21). Please see the memo below for details.
- Memo – 5-year-old Educational Environment (PDF)
Memo Notice of Change in Reporting Requirements and CDE Guidance for Measuring Indicator 13 Compliance (PDF)
New or Reorganization Application & Checklist
- New or Reorganization AU Application (Word Doc) - PDF Version Coming Soon
- Fact Sheet - Applications for or Reorganized Administrative Units (PDF)
- Instructions for Third Party Report (PDF)
Important Dates Coming Up
18 2020-21 Federal Application Narrative for new 3-year cycle window open through June 12th
25 2020-21 Federal Application Budget Window open through June 26th
1 2018-19 Standard Record Review due in Data Management System (DMS) (all age groups)
*The Colorado Department of Education is suspending the requirement to complete IEP file reviews for school age students, ages 4 – 14 and early childhood students, ages 3 – 4 for the
2019-2020 due to COVID-19 related closure of school buildings.
12 2020-21 Federal Application Narrative is due
26 2020-21 Federal Application Budget is due
- Special Education Staff
- Colo. Special Education Directors
- Technical Assistance Documents
- Guidance Documents
- ESSU Responsibility List (2019)
- OSEP Memos/Dear Colleagues
This monthly e-newsletter is sent to administrators, educators and support staff and features training opportunities, news, and events.
Upcoming and Archived Trainings
(Special Education under "Topics" on the left)
Meetings and Conferences
Excellence and Equity Conference
Memos to AU and Special Education Directors
- 2019 Standard Record Review including Early Childhood and Transition Age Students (PDF) Please contact Cindy Petersen if an alternate version of this document is needed.
- Standard Record Review Instructions 2019 (PDF) Please contact Cindy Petersen if an alternate version of this document is needed.
- 2020-2021 Standard Record Review Including Early Childhood and Transition Age Students
- CDE's Strategic Goals, AU Continuous Improvement Plan, and Part B Indicators, June 2015 (PDF)
- Comprehensive Plan Documents:
- Example: How many IEPs to review in SY2017-18 (PDF)
- Uploading Documents for Review
New Special Education Director
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