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January-February 2012 Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. - Mortimer Adler

In This Issue: Keys Korner

CAP4K Corner

Connections Corner

Calendar Corner

Leading for Literacy

Capitol Cubicle


Keys Korner

The Governor’s Education Leadership Council (ELC), chaired by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, examines current education policies and makes recommendations for long-term improvements. The Council’s work helps ensure that the state delivers on its education reform initiatives. One of the Council’s top priorities is to engage all Colorado citizens in promoting literacy, beginning at birth. CDE and the Governor’s office —along with early childhood, health, business and non-profit groups statewide—have joined forces on this effort. State Board member Jane Goff and Commissioner Robert Hammond are gubernatorial appointees to the 38-member ELC. READ! CDE’s Statewide Literacy Plan Draft

This section contains updates on the State Board’s key strategic priorities for education reform as set forth in prior legislation.

High Expectations Pursuant to SB 212 (2008)-Also known as CAP4K (Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids)

Standards Implementation This year and next, CDE is supporting districts and schools as they transition to the new Colorado Academic Standards adopted in 2009. Many tools and resources are available online at the Standards Implementation Toolkit. Since its launch last June, the Toolkit has been accessed more than 60,000 times! Feedback from educators indicates that these tools are valued and appreciated.

February is Library Lovers’ Month. Stay warm, promote literacy, read to a child!

People often ask… “So, what is the State Board doing?” We appreciate that question. We also welcome the chance to answer another question…the one people really want to ask...

CDE now has a 2-year partnership with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), one of the nation’s leading education organizations, to support Colorado districts and schools with successful implementation of Colorado’s new standards. The partnership will bring national expertise to the state and further propel Colorado as a national leader in educational transformation. On March 6, CDE, ASCD and the Colorado Legacy Foundation will host a Standards Implementation Summit.

“So, what exactly does the State Board do?” Here’s the technical, 30,000-foot answer. The detailed ground-level answer is what this newsletter is all about. We hope you enjoy the reading! The State Board is the governing board of the state Department of Education. State Board members are elected by Congressional District and are charged by the Colorado Constitution with numerous powers and duties specified in state law:  Provides educational leadership for the state;  Makes rules, regulations, and policies that govern the Colorado Department of Education, pre-K through 12th grade public education, adult education, and public libraries;  Exercises judicial authority with regard to appeals by charter schools; grants waivers of Colorado education law and regulations;  Facilitates Colorado citizens’ access to library services through the Colorado State Library  Appoints the Commissioner of Education and the Director of State Board Relations; appoints advisory committees;  Approves the Department of Education budget; authorizes federal and state funds distribution (as determined by law);  Accredits public school districts; regulates educator licensing;  Submits recommendations for educational improvements to the General Assembly and Governor

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Catch Up Corner

Because CAP4K’s goal is a seamless P-20 education system, CDE is working with the Dept. of Higher Education to engage education deans, educator preparation faculty, and faculty of entry level courses in understanding Colorado’s new academic standards and how we are transitioning to them.

Assessments CSAP has been replaced with the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) in 2012 and 2013. TCAP measures, where possible, the overlap between the old standards and the new. The new standards will be fully in place by 2014, when the state’s new assessment system is due to be launched. Local districts will administer the TCAP state assessments in the same time window as in years past. READ! 2012 TCAP schedule 1

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Assessment Costs The State Board and CDE staff have met twice with the state legislature’s Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to discuss state assessment cost options. While these meetings have resulted in rich discussion about many facets of the assessment program, no resolution or decisions have yet been made regarding funding for the new system. The JBC will continue its deliberations during the legislative session.

unanimously to approve the proposed rules without change. Then, on Jan. 23rd, a separate bill to approve the rules, HB 121001, sponsored by Rep. Carole Murray and Sen. Michael Johnston, was heard in that same committee. Again by a unanimous vote, the bill was sent on to the General Assembly.

The General Assembly will either approve the rules bill or th repeal provisions of the rules no later than Feb. 15 . Passage is expected to be noncontroversial. However, if any provisions are repealed by the General Assembly, the State Board must promulgate emergency rules and re-submit the rules to the st General Assembly for review no later than May 1 .

Utilizing Content Experts A portion of Colorado’s $17 million Race to the Top grant will be used to build further on educator expertise in developing assessments in each of Colorado’s thirteen content areas. Leadership and technical development work groups, known as “content collaboratives,” are being established to create examples of student growth measures. State and national experts will also be utilized. The student growth examples will be piloted in select districts, undergo revision and then be made available to all districts. READ! Content Collaboratives

The State Council is now developing recommendations for an appeals process for teachers who lose non-probationary status after two consecutive years of an ineffective rating. No appeals process was included in SB 191 when the law was passed. The task was instead assigned to the Council. READ!  State Council’s full report and recommendations  Overview of Final Approved SB 191 Rules  List of SB 191 Pilot Districts  CDE’s Educator Effectiveness web site  Sign up form – CDE’s Educator Effectiveness Newsletter

Environmental Education Plan Pursuant to HB 1131 (2010) By law, CDE is required to develop a statewide environmental education plan that outlines the relationship between the outdoor environment and the health of the state’s residents, specifically Colorado youth. CDE staff recently presented preliminary information on a draft plan to the State Board. The Department is presenting the draft to focus groups this month and will launch a public comment tour and online survey to solicit feedback in February.

Innovation and Choice Pursuant to SB 130 (2008) Online Programs Oversight - Pursuant to HB 1277 (2011) On January 11, the State Board unanimously adopted new rules for the administration, certification and oversight of Colorado online programs. The rules were amended to incorporate required changes to financial reporting and accountability. The new rules better align online schools with other schools in the state, establish new quality standards and allow the state to examine and analyze new online school applications in a more comprehensive way.

Related READ! U.S. Fish & Wildlife student competition blends the arts and conservation.

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

Charter Authorizing Standards - Pursuant to HB 1412 (2010) The Board also unanimously approved rules for charter schools and charter school authorizers. Included in those rules are guiding principles for the State Board to consider in its decisions related to charter school appeals and exclusive chartering authority. The law established a Charter School and Charter Authorizer Standards Review Committee to make recommendations to the SBE and the legislature's education committees regarding standards.

Effective Educators Pursuant to SB 191 (2010) Educator Evaluation System Rules In November, after months of public hearings, webinars and volumes of written input, the SBE adopted the final rules for the new statewide educator evaluation system as established in Senate Bill 191. The proposed rules are based on sixty-two recommendations from the State Council on Educator Effectiveness report released last April.

As a part of our decision-making, the SBE clarified that the rules we passed do not supersede our authority under the Charter Schools Act.

The rules adoption signals the launch of an online resource bank for school districts to access in developing and implementing their new evaluation systems. CDE will also monitor and support a number of districts’ evaluation pilots that will occur prior to full statewide implementation in 2014.


Editorial: High marks for school choice Denver Post (AP) 1/16/12 The State Board of Education's approval last week of new guidelines governing Colorado's robust network of charter schools could make a good system better.

On Jan. 9th, the Legislative Legal Services Committee voted

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Rural Education Council

Accountability and Improvement

Commissioner Hammond has established the Rural Education Council to oversee, support and conduct research on the needs and particular problems facing our rural districts. The 18-member Council supports the work outlined in CDE’s 2010 rural needs study. The study pinpointed areas of needed resources and identified numerous opportunities for improving services to rural districts across the state.

Pursuant to SB 163 (2009)

School and District Performance Recognitions CDE celebrated the 2011 district and school performance results in an awards ceremony in December. Commissioner Hammond honored schools and districts that earned acclaim in four award categories:  18 districts Accredited with Distinction under the state’s accountability system.  Recipients of the 2011 Centers of Excellence award. The award recognizes schools that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth as measured by the Colorado Growth Model among those that have at least 75 percent atrisk students.  The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. These schools “exceed” expectations related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on closing academic growth gaps. In 2011, 162 schools earned this award.

While nearly 80% of Colorado’s K-12 school districts are classified as rural, they educate 20% of the state’s students.

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Colorado’s 2012 legislative session opened on January 11 . The SBE looks forward to continuing productive conversations with education committee members in both chambers of the legislature: 2012 HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS Representatives Tom Massey, Chair; Don Beezley, Vice-chair; Millie Hamner, Chris Holbert, Janak Joshi, Andy Kerr, Carole Murray, Cherylin Peniston, Robert Ramirez, Sue Schafer, Judy Solano, Ken Summers, Nancy Todd

 The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate

excellent academic achievement. These schools “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement and “meet or exceed” expectations on closing academic growth gaps. In 2011, 150 schools earned this award.

2012 SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS Senators Bob Bacon, Chair; Evie Hudak, Vice-chair; Rollie Heath, Michael Johnston, Keith King, Scott Renfroe, Nancy Spence

SEE! Photos from the recognition ceremony.

SchoolView Updated The SchoolView Data Center and Data Lab have been updated to reflect 2010-11 state and federal accountability results. READ! Accountability Results

The State Board adopted our 2012 Legislative Priorities last fall. Throughout the legislative session, the SBE tracks education related bills and these priorities are the framework by which we decide to support, oppose or monitor the bills as they move through the process.

State Review Panel On January 11, the SBE finalized nominations for the State Review Panel, a group of field educators who will review district and school turnaround plans to advise the Commissioner on needed changes.

READ! Summaries of this year’s education legislation and track any positions taken at:  Capitol Watch  Ed Bill Tracker (provided by EdNews Colorado)

ESEA/NCLB Waiver Process Update

The NASBE Nook News Niblets from around the Nation

CDE submitted its application for a waiver from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in November. Additional information requested by the U.S. Department of Education was submitted on Thursday, Jan. 12. The USDE's final decision on Colorado’s waiver application is expected very soon.

SBE member Elaine Gantz Berman, CD 1, has been named Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). Elaine has served on the GAC for the past three years. The GAC provides a forum for NASBE members to discuss issues which become the subject of federal legislation or of importance to a number of states.

Race to the Top Round Three Well, we finally did it! Colorado will receive $17.9 million in Race to the Top Phase 3 funds. Half of the award is designated for district use and will be allocated based on Title I share distributions. CDE will work with the U.S. Department of Education this month to finalize the grant budget in order for funds to be accessed and disbursed.

SBE member Angelika Schroeder, CD 2, was selected for NASBE's 2012 Policy Study on the Role of Technology in Schools and Communities. This is Angelika’s third consecutive appointment to a NASBE study group. This year’s policy study will focus on the expanding digital influences on students’ lives and the inherent opportunities and challenges for teachers and administrators.

During January and February, CDE will work with districts to secure their participation in the grant. All local districts are eligible to participate. Participation is based on a Memorandum of Understanding and defined scopes of work that relate to the key areas of the state’s Race to the Top application.

SBE member Jane Goff, CD 7, began her second two-year term on the NASBE Board of Directors this month. READ! Highlights of recent education news from Washington, D.C.

The offices of both Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia partnered with CDE in preparing our applications for the Race to the Top grant.

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Latest links for learning and leading!

Congregate, communicate, collaborate and celebrate!

February: National Digital Learning Month

Featured  Governor’s Education Leadership Council

 Colorado Statewide Comprehensive Literacy Plan  Educator Effectiveness Newsletter

Learn more and get involved! Visit eNetColorado throughout the month for news about activities and learning opportunities throughout Colorado.

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State Board Home Page Accountability Assessment Educator Effectiveness Innovation and Choice Standards Implementation State Board adopted Rules, by title

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February 10 (6-8:30pm) and February 11 (8:30am-4:30pm)

CDE Home Page Colorado State Library College In Colorado Charter Schools Gifted & Talented Education eNetColorado Education Bill Tracker

Introduction to Arts Integration Workshop Fireside Elementary, 845 W. Dahlia Street, Louisville, CO This weekend training is designed to introduce educators to the principles of arts integration and aesthetics.

Get all the details here! Email Michelle to RSVP.

Preschool to Postsecondary Alignment

February 18

 Senate Bill 08-212 (Preschool to Postsecondary Education Alignment Act) - Bill Summary and more  Adopted Description: Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR)  Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)  Concurrent Enrollment  Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement  Extended Learning Opportunities Commission

Tuition Fair and Scholarship Panel Congressmen Ed Perlmutter (CD 7) and Jared Polis (CD 2) and College In Colorado 10:00am-Noon Pomona High School, 8101 W. Pomona Drive, Arvada Featuring: College In Colorado, US Dept. of Education, Sallie Mae Fund, Education Cents, CSU Global Network, Denver University, more! RSVP! Email Hannah Mullen or call 303-274-7944.

Partners, Ideas, Resources Adams 12 Five Star Schools Adams 14 Parent Involvement Resources

Adams District 50 Standards-Based Education

Aurora Public Schools Academic & Career Pathways

Eagle County Schools Jefferson County Schools Mapleton Public Schools Poudre Schools Summit School District

SAVE THESE DATES, TOO! March 5 - Colorado Educator Effectiveness Summit: 191 Into Action - More info here. March 6 - Standards Implementation Summit - Details here. April 23-28 - Congressional Art Competition – Details soon.

Thompson School District St. Vrain Valley Schools

GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR COLORADO TEENS! In 2008, Colorado passed legislation to establish the Colorado Youth Advisory Council (COYAC). The Council’s purpose is to provide the state legislature with feedback, information, and input on policy issues affecting Colorado's youth. The Council is comprised of young people between the ages of 14 and 19, with one member selected from each of our 35 Senate districts.

Boulder Valley Schools Adams County Education Consortium American School Counselor Association Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Colorado Department of Higher Education Colorado Legacy Foundation - 2009 Health & Wellness Best Practices Guide

READ! COYAC’s recent legislative success COYAC currently has open positions in Senate districts 2, 3, 11, 19, 20, 24, 31 and 34. Interested Colorado teens who reside in any of these districts are encouraged to apply! For more information, visit or call the Colorado Civic Canopy at 303-319-6022.

- Improving Teacher and School Leader Effectiveness - Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative - Expanded Learning Opportunities: Resource Directory for Educators

ASCD (Assn. for Supervision and Curriculum Development) National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Natl. Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) State Board Notes - January-February 2012

Registration fee = $125 Partial scholarships are available!

More people have to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 4

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Men of power have not time to read; yet men who do not read are unfit for power.

Catch Up Corner

- Michael Foot, Debts Of Honour

Welcoming New Staff The SBE joins Commissioner Hammond in welcoming these additional outstanding leaders to the CDE staff:

Executive Team - Amy Anderson, Choice and Innovation; Peg Brown-Clark, Exceptional Student Services; Leeanne Emm, School Finance; Keith Owen, Accountability and Improvement; Janelle Asmus, Chief Communications Officer; Jill Hawley, Chief of Staff; Carey Taylor Markel, Director of State Board Relations Unit Directors - Katy Anthes, Educator Effectiveness; Melissa Colsman, Learning and Instruction; Gretchen Morgan, School Choice

Drawing New Lines In 2011, Colorado's seven congressional districts were redrawn to reflect the state's population changes as brought forth in the 2010 U.S. Census. View the new statewide Congressional district maps. These changes will become effective with the 2012 general election, when State Board elections will be held in Congressional Districts 2 and 4. Until that time, all State Board members will continue to represent their current districts: CD 1-Elaine Berman CD 2-Angelika Schroeder

CD 3-Marcia Neal CD 4-Bob Schaffer

CD 5-Paul Lundeen CD 6-Debora Scheffel

CD 7-Jane Goff

Tightening Old Belts The Colorado School Finance Project asked school districts for information about changes to budgets over the past three school years, 2009-2010 through 2011-2012. Anyone who follows school finance in Colorado knows it isn’t a pretty picture. Although recent revenue projections suggest some improvement in the state’s economic outlook (about $20 million less in cuts to schools), the last three years of tightening state budgets have taken their toll on school districts. Findings included:  Over 70 percent of districts have reduced their reserves.  Furlough days (reduction of pay and teaching days) have been implemented in 15 percent of districts.  Districts have reduced or not increased compensation in 95 percent of districts for one or more years.  The number of districts moving to a four-day week has increased 15 percent in the past 10 years.  Over 85 percent of districts have increased class size, combined grades or eliminated programs in the past 3 years.  Staff reductions have included retirement, non-renewals, program reductions, increased class size and combined grades.

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January-February 2012

General State Board



January 11-12 Regular SBE meeting; State of the State Address 17 CDE/SBE hearing with Joint Budget Committee 18 Annual CDE/SBE report to House/Senate Education Committees February 2-3 CASE Winter Conference 8-9 Regular SBE meeting; Bi-annual meeting with House/Senate Ed Committees

January 12 Jeffco Strategic Planning Advisory Council 18 Adams County Education Consortium 19-21 NASBE Board of Directors 23 Colorado Youth Advisory Council meeting Online Education Informational Update 31 College Summit Reception February 6 Ed Leadership Council-Integration Subcmte. 9-10 Donnell-Kay lunch with Mike Petrilli, Education Week

January 18 State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Federal Grant Review 20-21 NASBE Technology Study Group February 2 SLDS Messaging Architecture meeting 9-10 Donnell-Kay lunch and dinner events with Mike Petrilli SLDS Exec. Steering Committee

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