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News Release - State board to consider ESEA waiver renewal in November

Oct. 7, 2015

State board to consider ESEA waiver renewal in November  

The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 7.  Meeting highlights include:

ESEA Waiver Renewal

The board moved to further review Colorado’s Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and vote on the waiver at its November meeting. The board expressed interest in scheduling a work session to study the document and ask questions of staff.

Commissioner Search

Applications for the commissioner of education position are due to Ray & Associates Inc., the search firm hired by the state board, by Nov. 7. The board will hold another special meeting on Nov. 19 to finalize the interview questions and procedures before interviews are conducted. For more information, visit

Proposed Fee Increase for Educator Licenses

CDE’s Office of Professional Learning and Educator Licensing reviewed options for a proposed increase to educator licensing fees. The board was presented two options for fee increases. The board plans to take action on the proposed increase in November after considering more information from staff. The increase is designed to preserve the responsive and timely completion of the office’s educator preparation, licensing and enforcement work.  The last fee increase was in 2011. View the presentation

Accountability Work Group

Staff provided an overview of the work of the Accountability Work Group. The group consists of 27 members from school districts and various educational organizations. The charge for the group is to provide recommendations to the commissioner for the next iteration of the school and district performance frameworks for release in the fall of 2016. For more on the timeline and feedback process, view the presentation.

Kindergarten School Readiness Reporting System

Staff provided information about requirements for state-level reporting of school readiness information and asked for input from the board on the reporting system. The board discussed the potential data elements for reporting and asked staff to bring forward a proposal that includes only what is minimally required by the statute. The board will be asked to adopt a system for state-level reporting of kindergarten school readiness data at the November meeting. View the presentation.

Legislative Update, Priorities and Liaisons

Staff provided a summary of the work being conducted by the legislative interim committees. The board continued the discussion on its legislative priorities. The board legislative liaisons will now be a committee made up of state board members Jane Goff, Joyce Rankin and Debora Scheffel.

SMART Act Briefing

Staff provided an overview of the department performance plan which is submitted annually to the Office of State Planning and Budget. The plan is required under the SMART Act and is presented to the joint education committee between Nov. 1, and the beginning of the 2016 legislative session. The plan includes an overview of the department’s structure, values, mission, vision and primary processes along with four student-focused strategic goals and the key strategies under each goal. View the performance plan.

In other action, the board approved the following items: