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COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group

Background on the Stakeholder Group

In the 2020 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly included in the School Finance Act (HB20-1418 (PDF)) the creation of a stakeholder group to address issues presented by the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of the group is to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption of the 2019-2020 school year, including student transition to remote learning and the cancellation of the state assessments, accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluation systems. The COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group will discuss how the cancellation of state assessments will impact accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluations during the 2020-21 school year and whether future modifications are needed for these areas in response to the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group is being formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work from the fall 2020 through December 2020. By early January 2021, the findings and recommendations from the working group will be completed.


Meeting Details

Prior Meetings

  • November 10, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • October 29, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • October 14, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • September 30, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • September 16, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • August 26, 2020, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Meeting recordings, agenda items and other resources are available on the Meeting Archives page.

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 COVID Stakeholder Recommendations 

The Stakeholder Group used a consensus approach to make draft recommendations for assessments, accountability/accreditation, and educator effectiveness that will be shared with the Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education and state legislators. The state legislators will consider the recommendations as they make decisions in these areas. 

Assessment Topics at Consensus

Topic
Final
CMAS Social Studies
The Stakeholder Group recommends CMAS/CoAlt Social Studies not be administered in grades 4 & 7 in Spring '21.
This recommendation requires state statute change or an executive order.
CMAS Science
The Stakeholder Group recommends CMAS/CoAlt Science not be administered in grades 5, 8 & 11 in Spring of '21. This recommendation requires state statute change or an executive order, as well as federal approval.
PSAT/SAT Essay
If the CO SAT is administered in spring 2021, the Stakeholder Group recommends essay portion of assessment should be an option for students to select as needed or desired.
PSAT/SAT
If and How to Assess

Consistent with current statute, the Stakeholder Group recommends that districts and schools administer the CO PSAT/SAT (and associated CoAlt) assessments to Colorado public school students enrolled in grades 9 (PSAT 9/CoAlt), 10 (PSAT 10/CoAlt) and 11 (SAT/CoAlt) in the spring of 2021 to the extent local health orders allow testing.

The Stakeholder Group recommends that CDE work with districts to increase flexibility to ensure equitable access to PSAT/SAT testing.
PSAT/SAT
Individual Reports for Achievement and Growth
If 2021 PSAT/SAT results are available, then in accordance with current statute, board rule and state practices, the Stakeholder Group recommends the state distribute individual student level assessment and growth results containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to students and their guardians, schools, and districts. The Stakeholder Group recommends when providing reports that CDE describe the unique circumstances and conditions of testing in 2021, and provide additional guidance on proper use and interpretation of results.

Educator Effectiveness Topics at Consensus

Topic Final
Measures of Student Learning/Outcomes Because of the cancellation of state assessments and school disruptions due to COVID-19 in the spring 2020, the Stakeholder Group recommends educators’ final evaluation ratings be based 100% on their professional practice score for the 2020-21 school year only. This recommendation requires state statute change or an executive order.

Accountability Topics at Consensus

Topic
Final
Pausing Frameworks
The Stakeholder Group recommends changes to statute or board rule to pause the calculation and publication of school and district level performance frameworks and state accountability ratings for the 2021-22 school year.
A school or district’s rating will roll-over from 2020. For the 2021-22 year, current statute and board rule of the reconsider process may need to be revised for schools on the accountability clock. CDE will partner with schools, districts and other stakeholders to develop the process for special considerations. For example, including, but not limited to, body of evidence, state review panel, additional supports and grants may be considered.
Note: 2020 ratings were rolled over from 2019 based upon the 2020 accountability pause.
District Accreditation
While the Stakeholder Group recommends rolling over plan types from 2019, it further recommends that districts continue to be responsible for the reporting and implementation of the other legal responsibilities of district accreditation (i.e., safety, finance, accreditation contract assurances) in considering current statute, board rule and state  practices. Districts will continue to be responsible for accrediting their schools in alignment with current statute, board rule and state policies. The department will provide assistance as requested for the local accreditation process.
Unified Improvement Process (UIP)
The Stakeholder Group recommends providing an optional spring 2021 submission window for improvement plans (e.g., UIP). In 2021-22, the improvement planning process should be implemented in alignment with current statute, board rule and state practices, as amended in 2020 during the accountability pause (e.g., focus on using local performance and non-assessment data). The process should also be adjusted to better reflect the learnings and needs of schools and districts as a result of the impact of COVID.  Note: The department will also convene conversations with the field and other stakeholder groups to determine flexibilities in future planning (2021-22 and beyond), including the consideration of more locally designed plans.

PSAT/SAT Topics Not at Consensus

Topic Final
PSAT/SAT
Public Reports for Assessment and Growth
Note: The Stakeholder Group did not reach consensus on this topic. A brief summary of positions will be included in the final product.
PSAT/SAT Other
Calculate Individual Student Level Growth
Note: The Stakeholder Group did not discuss this topic during the final meeting.

CMAS ELA/Math Topics Not at Consensus

Topic Final

CMAS ELA/Math - If and How to Administer

Note: The Stakeholder Group did not reach consensus on this topic. A brief summary of positions will be included in the final product.

CMAS - Individual Reports For Assessment and Growth

Note: The Stakeholder Group did not reach consensus on this topic. A brief summary of positions will be included in the final product.

CMAS Public Reports for Assessment and Growth

Note: The Stakeholder Group did not reach consensus on this topic. A brief summary of positions will be included in the final product.

CMAS ELA & Math Other
Calculate Individual Student Level Growth

Note: The Stakeholder Group did not discuss this recommendation during the final meeting.

CMAS ELA & Math Other Aggregated and
Disaggregated Results to Schools and Districts Containing Personally Identifiable Information

Note: The Stakeholder Group did not discuss this recommendation during the final meeting.

 


Stakeholder Group Membership

The Stakeholder Group has been selected to include a broad group of stakeholders from all different parts of the state. Members were also selected to represent diverse viewpoints about assessments, accountability, and educator effectiveness by including individuals impacted by these systems, individuals with expertise in these systems and individuals engaged in advocacy around these systems.

  • Amie Baca-Oehlert, Colorado Education Association
  • Elizabeth Casillas, Denver Metro Region
  • Carol Eaton, Technical Advisory Panel and Jefferson County School District
  • Christina Ethier, Association for Colorado Education Evaluators and Cherry Creek School District
  • Paul Freeman, Roaring Fork School District RE-1
  • Chris Gibbons, Colorado League of Charter Schools and STRIVEPrep
  • Da'Lisa Hatcher, Third Future Schools - Coperni 2 Charter School
  • Peter Hilts, District 49
  • Jennifer Holladay, Denver Public Schools
  • Kym LeBlanc-Esparza, Archuleta School District 50 JT

  • Bret Miles, Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Michelle Murphy, Colorado Rural Alliance
  • Stephanie Perez-Carrillo, Colorado Children's Campaign
  • Amy Pitlik, Stand for Children
  • Luke Ragland, Ready Colorado
  • Johan Van Nieuwenhuizen, Weld County School District RE-1
  • Jen Walmer, Democrats for Education Reform
  • Jason Westfall, Colorado Association of BOCES
  • Cheri Wrench, Colorado Association of School Boards

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about this process, contact Rhonda Haniford at haniford_r@cde.state.co.us.