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Education Accountability in Colorado
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Colorado has three types of accountability systems for K-12 public education, each designed to inform the public about how well schools perform and how much students are learning.  Each system provides a picture of how schools are doing from a different perspective.

Colorado’s three accountability systems were developed in response to state and federal laws that have attempted to address the public’s concern about student learning and whether public schools and districts are being held accountable for increased student achievement.

1.  School Accountability Reports (SARs)

SARs were developed in 1999 as part of a statewide legislation.  SARs rate schools based on Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test scores in reading, writing, math and science.  These ratings are based on a complex formula that rates individual school performance as unsatisfactory, poor, average, high, or excellent.

2.  District Accreditation

Colorado law requires the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to accredit school districts by contract.   School districts must show evidence of accomplishment in a number of areas that include strategies for improving achievement and compliance with state laws.

3.  No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

This federally mandated accountability program directs each state to use its own assessments to determine whether schools are meeting federally defined performance goals.

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