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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! This e-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.

Resources available for those impacted by Marshall Fire

School resources are available for people impacted by the Marshall Fire. Tools are designed to assist school districts and community partners with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services.

Visit the School Resources for Colorado Wildfires webpage.

January 2022

Accountability, Performance and Support

What's Happening Now

Discussion on 2022 State Accountability

While a direction for the 2022 state accountability system has not yet been set, the state board indicated its preference for Colorado's typical state assessment schedule and a transitional state accountability system. Details are available in a the Dec. 16 press release. The board's resolution can be viewed on BoardDocs

In the meantime, CDE has released its studies on calculating 2022 frameworks and the impact of missing some 2021 state assessment data needed to run the Colorado Growth Model. The department will follow up with more information on this with assigned district accountability contacts.

TLCC Survey 2022 launches Jan. 19

The Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado is an anonymous statewide survey of school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. New in 2022, House Bill 21-1087 authorized the inclusion of education support professionals, meaning a paraprofessional who may not be licensed, but provides direct instruction, supports licensed staff in an educational capacity, or supports instruction and the learning environment.

Survey results provide critical information about staff perceptions, along with statewide comparisons, and are intended to support school and district improvement planning and to inform local and state policy and research efforts. The survey window will be open Wednesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Feb. 18. The estimated time to complete the survey is 15 minutes.

For up to date information and resources, visit

Unified Improvement Plan Fall Review feedback available

Thanks to all districts that submitted improvement plans in October. CDE has reviewed and provided feedback on plans for identified schools and districts (i.e., Priority Improvement, Turnaround, On Watch, ESSA Comprehensive Support). Feedback based on the UIP Quality Criteria Rubric, including program specific requirements, is available through the UIP Online System in the Collaboration Tab.

For additional assistance, contact your assigned support coordinator or anyone on the School Improvement and Planning team.

What's on the Horizon

Alternative Education Campus designation

Districts with schools interested in applying for Alternative Education Campus designation for the first time or after a lapse in AEC status must email B Sanders,, to notify CDE of their intent to apply no later than Monday, Jan. 31.   

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Jan. 19 - TLCC Survey opens

Jan. 31 - Deadline to provide intent to apply for AEC designation

Feb. 18 - TLCC Survey closes

More Information

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


What's Happening Now

ACCESS for ELLs Assessment Window

The ACCESS for English language learners assessment window opens on Monday, Jan. 10, and closes on Friday, Feb. 11.

Confirm CMAS  and CoAlt  student registrations in PearsonAccessnext

CDE registered students for CMAS math (grades 3-8), English language arts (grades 3-8), science (grades 5, 8 and 11) and CoAlt science (grades 5, 8, and 11) assessments in PearsonAccessnext based on October Count data in Data Pipeline. Districts can update student registrations within PearsonAccessnext until Friday, Jan. 28. Initial orders for such materials as paper tests, accommodations and test administrator manuals for districts and schools will be automatically created based on student registrations in PearsonAccessnext as of Friday, Jan. 28. Orders for accommodations requiring such special materials as Colorado Spanish Language Arts and oral scripts should be indicated in PearsonAccessnext by Friday, Jan. 28.

Online Office Hours for District Assessment Coordinators

Online office hours focusing on the following topics are available to assist District Assessment Coordinators as they prepare for state assessment administration:

  • ACCCESS administration
  • Testing students with disabilities
  • PSAT/SAT administration
  • CMAS administration

Online access and call-in information for office hours are sent directly to DACs.

What's on the Horizon

2021-22 Assessments at a Glance

As a reminder, spring 2021 testing reductions were granted for one year only. State statute has the typical schedule of state assessments resuming in spring 2022 as outlined in the following table:



CMAS and CoAlt (DLM): Math and English language arts (including CSLA)

Grades 3-8

CMAS and CoAlt: Science

Grades 5, 8 and 11


Grades 9 and 10


Grade 11


Grades K-12


Assessment Administration Preparation Activities

Before spring testing, DACs and District Technology Coordinators should refer to the information provided during training sessions, documented in manuals, and communicated by CDE to ensure that districts are prepared for administration. DACs and DTCs should contact the relevant Assessment Division specialist(s) included in the table below with any questions.




CMAS and PearsonAccessnext

Sara Loerzel


Will Morton

ACCESS for ELLs and accommodations for English learners

Heather Villalobos Pavia

Assessment for Students with Disabilities and CoAlt

Arti Sachdeva

Technology, NAEP and international assessments

Collin Bonner


Important Upcoming Deadlines

Jan. 28 - Deadline for districts to make changes to student registrations within PearsonAccessnext

Feb. 10 - The ACCESS for ELLs assessment window closes.

More Information

For more information on assessments, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer,, or visit

Educator Talent

What's Happening Now

Educator Workforce Communities of Practice Launching in January 2022

A strong educator pipeline that can prepare, recruit and retain high-quality and diverse educators is essential for improving student success. However, many Colorado districts currently experience teacher shortages and high turnover. To address this challenge, CDE and the Region 12 Comprehensive Center are launching an online community of practice initiative in 2022 for K-20 peer teams to engage in collaborative analysis, discussion, planning and action to improve educator preparation, recruitment, hiring, diversity and retention.

We’re seeking participation from leaders, key staff, and stakeholders from a variety of organizations, including:

  • School districts & charter schools
  • Traditional & alternative teacher prep programs
  • State offices (CDE, CDHE, CDLE, etc.)
  • Advocates (CEA, TEACH Colorado, etc.)

Working in small, cross-agency teams organized by region or context, participants will meet online once a month from January to June for 90-minute, facilitated meetings, along with additional inter-session supports, to:

  • Analyze local educator workforce data and identify shared challenges and opportunities. Teams will have free access to a new online, interactive tool that provides relevant data at district, county, and statewide levels.
  • Engage in collaborative peer conversation and learning from subject-matter experts.
  • Design and implement region-specific action plans based on local needs and goals, focusing on policies and practices that are data-driven, equity-focused and built for sustainability

Visit the Colorado Educator Workforce Communities of Practice webpage for additional information, including contact and registration details.

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

Fore more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent, 303-866-6945, or visit


What's Happening Now

ESSER III Use of Funds

The American Rescue Plan ESSER III requires local education agencies to post on their website and submit to CDE an LEA Use of Funds Plan and a Safe In-Person Plan.

By now both plans must be available on the LEA’s website. CDE must also have a link on its website to all LEA Use of Funds and Safe In-Person Plans. CDE is requesting help in ensuring that all plans are posted on its website by asking LEAs to use a Smartsheet Form to submit the link to the LEA plan.

For support or questions, contact Kristin Crumley at, Jonathan Schelke at, Shannon Wilson at, or Nazie Mohajeri-Nelson 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, contact Megan Allen, director’s assistant of Federal Programs, at

Organizational Effectiveness

What's Happening Now

Student End of Year

The 2020-22 Graduation and Dropout rates will be publicly released Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Student October

Student October information will be publicly released Wednesday, Jan. 19.


Districts can access their Migrant Student List through Data Pipeline. Monthly, LEAs can access a Cognos Report in Data Pipeline entitled “Migrant Student List,” which can be pulled by school year and district and is located under the “Student Profile” under the COGNOS reports tab. The district must have the STD LEAUSER or STD LEAVIEWER role to see the Student Profile folder in Cognos. The COGNOS Migrant List/Report has the following columns:  SASID, Last Name, First Name, Birth Date, School Code, Migrant Arrival Date and Migrant End Date.

The report can be downloaded into Excel and from there imported into the district’s Student Information System. Ensure your district has uploaded a current Student School Association file to receive the most up-to-date Migrant List.

Questions should be directed to local Migrant Education Programs that coordinate and deliver services to migrant students. More information is available on the Migrant Education Program webpage.

Special Education December Count

Administrative Units and districts should now be error free at the interchange level and working on snapshot errors in preparation for the Thursday, Jan. 20, deadline to have a complete and error-free snapshot. The first report review week wraps up on Thursday, Jan. 27. AUs will be notified of duplicates by Thursday, Feb. 3, and must have duplicates resolved by Thursday, Feb. 10. The final report review week will wrap up Thursday, Feb. 17when finalized snapshots and all required reports should be signed and uploaded to the Data Management System.

Human Resources  

Staff interchange files should now be error-free and the Human Resources snapshot should be created no later than Friday, Jan. 14. This collection will close on Friday, Feb. 25. Districts are required to have their snapshot error-free and finalized. 

The Educator Shortage Survey will close Friday, Feb. 25.

 Teacher Student Data Link

The teacher student data link interchange file is open. For the 2021-22 school year, all districts are required to report TSDL data for students in grades six through 12 only. This school year is a reportable Civil Rights Data Collection year, so it is advised to also report all computer science courses as well for sixth through12th grade students as required. Additionally, all courses are required to be reported for eighth through 12th grade migrant students. The TSDL snapshot will open Wednesday, Jan. 26, and is due Friday, Aug. 12.

Designated Agency

The 2021-22 Designated Agency data collection is open in the Data Pipeline for alternative licensure educator preparation programs to enter 2021-22 candidates until Wednesday, Aug. 31.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Jan. 11: 2020-21 Student End of Year release.

Jan. 19: Public release of the 2021-22 Student October count results.

Feb. 17: Special Education December Count final due date.

Feb. 25: Human Resources snapshot collection final due date.

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Annette Severson, principal data analyst of data services, 303-866-6824, or visit

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Preschool through 3rd Grade Office

READ Act K-3 Teacher Training Deadline

For local education providers to receive READ Act per-pupil dollars for the 2022-23 school year, all K-3 teachers should complete a CD- approved training in evidence-based reading. Each local education provider must submit evidence of their teachers' compliance with the statutorily required teacher training requirements by August 2022. To help expedite the verification and release of per-pupil dollars, CDE is strongly encouraging teachers to submit their demonstration of training completion in the Colorado Online Licensing system.

CDE has created a communications toolkit to help district leaders work with their staff to ensure that all K-3 educators complete the required training in teaching evidence-based reading prior to the 2022-23 school year. View the READ Act teacher training communication resources.

To learn more about the training requirement in evidenced-based reading, contact Melissa Ahlstrand at

Office of Standards and Instructional Support

Computer Science Education Grant Program Round Two

The Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program will open for a second round of applications on Monday, Jan. 17. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant and the Computer Science Education Grant that provides funding with the purpose of increasing enrollment and participation of traditionally underrepresented students in computer science education activities. The application will remain open until Friday, March 11.

For more information and updates, visit the Computer Science webpage.

Contact Chris Summers,, with questions.

Public feedback period extended

The public feedback window for the proposed revisions to the academic standards in social studies has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 1. To review and comment on the recommended revisions for social studies, visit the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision Process webpage

For questions, contact Joanna Bruno at

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Jan. 17 - Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program will open for a second round of applications.

Feb. 1 - Public feedback on social studies Colorado Academic Standards closes.

More Information

For more information about teaching and learning contact Floyd Cobb, executive director at