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Accountability, Performance and Support

Update on Accountability for 2022-2023:

State accountability. State accountability in 2022 is currently being shaped  through state legislation and State Board of Education rules process.

Accountability Statute for 2022.   The “Transition Back to Standard K-12 Accountability” bill (SB 22-137) was introduced in the Senate on February 16, 2022 and was signed by the Governor on April 13, 2022. The legislation requires the department to calculate frameworks in 2022-23, but suspends automatic advancement on the accountability clock. The percentage of students contributing to the growth indicator is added to the framework for informational purposes. The request to reconsider process will be offered and can be used to exit performance watch (i.e., move to “on watch,” exit the clock fully) if meeting certain conditions (e.g., Improvement plan type or higher, 90% total participation on state assessments). 

Public Comment on Noticed State Board Rules for Request to Reconsider. State Board of Education rules were noticed during the April 13th board meeting. A summary with more details can be found here. Draft rule language is available at the CDE website here (clean version) and here (version with changes redlined).  Note that the state board added a 90% total participation threshold for any school or district to be eligible to participate in the request to reconsider process.

To offer feedback on these rules during the public comment period, before rules are adopted in June, please use this form.  The deadline for submitting comments is May 23, 2022.  Public comments will be included in the department’s presentation to the state board in June.

Federal accountability. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has invited State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to submit an addendum to modify their approved ESEA consolidated State plans for the 2021-2022 school year, in order to identify schools for support and improvement in fall 2022.  The proposed changes and feedback on these changes can be accessed here.


2022 Accountability FAQ

Link to common questions for accountability this year



Accountability Communications

Link to announcements regarding school and district accountability



Colorado's system of school and district accountability is primarily designed to provide valid and actionable information regarding the progress of all students toward meeting the state academic standards and prioritize support for schools and districts identified for academic improvements.CDE's School Quality and Support Division (formerly Accountability, Performance, and Support) is comprised of the offices of Accountability & Data Analysis, Unified Improvement Planning, School and District Support and Schools of Choice. Together, these offices support Colorado's schools and school districts throughout the cycle of continuous improvement.


Helpful Links

  • For more information on EVALUATE (school and district ratings), see State Accountability webpage.
  • For more information on ASSESS NEEDS AND PLAN (school and district improvement plans), see Unified Improvement Plan webpage.
  • For more information on IMPLEMENT (available supports for schools and districts), see District and School Support webpage.
  • For more information on INTERVENE (Accountability Clock or Performance Watch), see Accountability Clock webpage.



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