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About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! Each month, this 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.

Polis extends suspension of in-person learning through April 30

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that he is lengthening the suspension of in-person learning in Colorado’s schools through April 30, revising the original order that had been set to expire on April 17. He reiterated that it remains unlikely that schools will return to in-person learning this school year and said that districts are allowed to lengthen their own suspension past the April 30 deadline. Polis explained that due to the constantly evolving information around the novel coronavirus pandemic his general practice is for executive orders to be enacted for 30 days at a time.

The Governor said he has high expectations for remote learning in schools and that districts should continue to proceed with their processes with the understanding that students will likely not be returning to in-person instruction this school year. 

View the Executive Order here

April 2020

Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Unified Improvement Plan training and technical assistance

Accountability training and support will continue to be available upon request via phone and webinar through the remainder of the school year. Beginning in summer 2020, CDE will release a more comprehensive list of opportunities. For help, contact Dan Jorgensen at or 303-866-6763, or Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642.

Alternative Education Campus status applications

Due to the state accountability system pause, the following collections are suspended:

  • Alternative Education Campus (AEC) Planned Measures for 2020 Collection
  • AEC Planned Measures for 2021 Collection
  • AEC Actual Measures and Data for 2020 Collection

The AEC Renewal/Application Collection deadline has been extended through May to accommodate the suspension of in-person instruction in Colorado schools and districts. AEC renewal collection must be submitted through the Data Pipeline system. Pre-populated data files are available in Data Pipeline.

To gain access to this system, your district’s local area manager must grant permissions for the AEC~LEAAPPROVER role. More details about the collection are available on the AEC Collections webpage. Reach out to B Sanders at with questions.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

May 15 -  All school and district UIPs must be submitted to CDE for public posting. Visit the UIP webpage for details. Contact Lisa Steffen at for questions.

More Information

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

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

FAQ for Education Talent questions

With the suspension of in-person learning and other disruptions caused by COVID-19, plenty of questions have arisen about educator licensing requirements, educator preparation programs, educator effectiveness requirements and educator development.

CDE created a frequently asked question page to answer your questions. 

For educator effectiveness, development and preparation, contact Mary Bivens at or 303-866- 5194.

For educator licensing, contact Tanya Klein at or 303-866-6628.

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,, or visit

Organizational Effectiveness

What's Happening Now

Student and Staff Well-Being

Well-Being and Connection During COVID-19

In this time where physical distancing and remote education has become necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, social connection is even more important than ever.

We know it is crucial for our students and staff to feel connected to a supportive community to help support their well-being. We know that creating and maintaining these relationships via remote learning is a new challenge for educators to meet.

With this in mind, we have compiled a few ideas and resources to assist educators in this effort. View the webpage for resources and information. Please note that the information provided is not endorsed by CDE or the State of Colorado and is intended to be used as an example only.

For concerns or questions, contact Misti Ruthven, executive director of Student Pathways, at

Census 2020

Census Day is April 1

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, is Census Day – a key reference point for the U.S. Census. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail. 

The 2020 Census is a count of all people living in our communities. Now more than ever it important to have good data to help for emergency preparedness and recovery.  The Census count will provide good data to inform decisions that will shape our future for the next 10 years. Our Census count will also ensure fair representation to make sure Coloradans are heard in Washington, D.C.  The goal is for Colorado is to have the highest self-response rate in the nation. Right now we have a 36.2% self-response rate.

CDE has created a communications toolkit to help talk with school communities about the census. We have also compiled learning resources for educators, including online resources for e-learning. 

For more information, contact Jeremy Meyer in the communications unit at

Community Needs Inventory

Deadline extended for online needs inventory

Superintendents, BOCES directors, charter school and approved facility school leaders are encouraged to complete the Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory by Saturday, April 4. The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), in collaboration with CDE, is administering this needs inventory. Responses will help CEI and CDE target local, regional and statewide support and will be shared with donors and others who can help meet your needs. Click here to complete the Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory

CDE and CEI are working closely with the Governor’s Office and results from this needs inventory will also be shared with Help Colorado Now donors who are looking to support education. The Help Colorado Now fund is a statewide COVID-19 relief fund effort organized by the Governor’s Office, which outlines education as an identified area of need. Superintendents, BOCES directors and charter school leaders are encouraged to also apply to the separate Help Colorado Now grant application.

For questions, contact Misti Ruthven, executive director of Student Pathways, at For any technical issues with the inventory, contact Michelle Gebhart at

Data Pipeline

Extended deadlines for data collections coming soon

CDE is considering and scheduling extensions for data collections so districts can focus on supporting learning at home. Adjusted timelines are expected to be released soon. An updated data collection plan will be sent to superintendents and all known impacted local education agency data collection respondents after due dates are finalized. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

School Nutrition

Emergency feeding updates and resources 

Visit the Emergency Feeding webpage to access the most current information regarding emergency feeding procedures and for resources including the sponsor and site application to provide emergency feeding, waivers current meal service sites, Summer Food Service Program meal patterns, daily meal count forms and more. New resources and guidance will be updated on the webpage as needed. 

For questions about emergency feeding, please contact

COVID-19 and Free and Reduced-Price Meal benefits 

Families experiencing changes in income or circumstances can apply or re-apply for free or reduced-price school meal benefits using current income information. School districts and sponsoring organizations are encouraged to promote the application while practicing social distancing by mailing paper applications with a pre-posted return envelope, sending robocalls/text with information on how families can apply or emailing the online application and posting the link on district webpages. Visit the School Meal Eligibility webpage for application templates and resources. 

For questions, email Free& or call 303-503-2353.

COVID-19 Claiming Considerations

All emergency feeding claims are to be tracked separately from other child nutrition program claims. More information will be forthcoming. School Food Authorities and sponsors needing an extension to submit a claim due to COVID-19, please contact Rachael Burnham at or 303-503-2353. Visit the How to Claim webpage for additional claiming resources. 

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 on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, or visit

Postsecondary Readiness

What's Happening Now

Career Development Incentive Program & Matriculation Rates

Given the current exceptional circumstances, our timeline for implementation of the Career Development Incentive Program is still to be determined.  As more details become available, we will send information to previous program participants, post a notice in the CDE Update and include on the Career Development Incentive Program website.

The Career Development Incentive Program, or Career Development Success Program Expansion in House Bill 18-1266, provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students, grades 9-12, to complete qualified industry credential programs, internships, residencies, construction pre-apprenticeship or construction apprenticeship programs or qualified Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Participating districts or charter schools could receive up to $1,000 for qualified and/or credential programs and will be distributed in tiered order. In addition, recognized industry credentials for 2020 graduates will be included as part of state accountability matriculation rates during future years.

The intent to participate will remain open through the summer. Aggregated data reporting of all students who successfully earned/completed any of the qualified programs between July 1 and Aug. 31 will be required by Aug. 31, and will be sent later to program and accountability contacts.

For questions about CDIP, please contact Marina Kokotovic at or 303-866-6267.

For questions about state accountability matriculation rate, contact Dan Jorgensen at or 303-866-6763.

What's on the Horizon

2020-21 ASCENT Slot Requests due May 1

The online Intent to Participate (ITP) form in which districts/charter schools request ASCENT slots for 2020-21 is due Friday, May 1. Visit the ASCENT Program webpage for information on the 2020-21 participation process and a link to the ITP form.

For more information, contact Mary Anne Hunter at or 303-866-6596.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on Student Pathways, contact Misti Ruthven, executive director, at 303-866-6206, or visit

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Preschool through Third Grade Office

READ Act Budget submission process 

The READ Act budget and narrative submission process for the 2020-21 school year will be available by close of business on Wednesday, April 1. Local education providers (LEPs) will be able to submit this information until Tuesday, June 30. The budget submission process has changed due to new legislative requirements. Changes require a budget and narrative explanation of the LEP proposed uses of per-pupil intervention money in accordance with the described allowable uses. Information about how to submit can be found here.

For more information, contact the Whitney Hutton at or 303-866-6868.

Evidenced Based Teacher Training Requirements

Senate Bill 19-199 requires that all K-3 teachers demonstrate that they have met the scientifically or evidence-based practice training requirement under the READ Act by the fall of the 2021-22 school year. The law provides districts the ability to request a one-year extension from CDE to comply with this requirement. Depending upon the length of the impact of COVID-19, the department may consider a blanket one-year extension for all school districts.

Independent review committees selected Keys to Literacy to provide face-to-face training for teachers on evidenced-based reading instruction and Public Consulting Group Inc. to provide online training. CDE anticipates the online training will be available this summer after the contracting phase is complete. CDE will provide this information as soon as it becomes available. 

For questions, contact Melissa Ahlstrand at or 720-660-5037.

Webinars available during COVID-19 closures

CDE will continue to host monthly informational webinars on the READ Act. The focus of these webinars will include information about the changes brought about by Senate Bill 19-199 and how COVID-19 impacts those changes. The webinar conducted in March is posted on the READ Act website and contains the information available to the field at that time.

For more information, visit the Colorado READ Act webpage or contact Anji Gallanos, director of the Preschool through Third Grade Office, at or 720-527-0497.

Standards and Instructional Support

At-home learning resources will be continuously updated

CDE will continue to update its comprehensive list of learning at home resources as we get feedback on those resources and continue to learn about what parents, teachers and students need. Resources and guidance are meant to assist parents and educators in their efforts to keep students academically engaged when school routines have been disrupted. View them on the Resources for Learning at Home webpage.

For more information, contact Joanna Bruno, director of Standards and Instructional, at

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 from the Teaching and Learning Unit, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, at 303-866-6868 or