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Colorado Accountability Project

December 2005 Update

In the months since the close of the 2005 legislative session — which saw the veto of both bills promoted by the Colorado Accountability Project — we have continued our efforts to strengthen and simplify Colorado’s K-12 accountability systems.


We have interviewed and surveyed CASE members to ensure that we fully understand, and are adequately representing, their views.


We have worked with our colleagues at the Colorado Education Association and the Colorado Association of School Boards to refine our proposals.


We have met with legislators, officials from the Colorado Department of Education and members of the State Board of Education to search for common ground and mutually acceptable solutions.


Through these and other efforts, we continue to move toward an accountability system that gives a meaningful picture of school and child achievement, while providing the tools and support that schools and districts need to improve or maintain their performance.


Here’s a more detailed look at our recent activities and plans for 2006:


Interim Activities

Expected Action

Accreditation Conducted focus group at CASE conference. Surveyed superintendents to illuminate pros and cons. Developed summary of survey findings; shared that with CASE members, partners, CDE and State Board. May use findings to suggest rules changes to CDE and State Board.
Longitudinal Growth Have been tracking developments with HB 1433 Task Force. Conducted focus group at CASE conference. Developed CASE member resolution and backgrounder for non-CASE audiences. Task Force briefed State Board of Education 11/9/05 on this model. Will propose legislation along the same lines as last year requesting that longitudinal growth be used in all three accountability systems.
SARs Conducted focus group at CASE conference. Developed CASE member resolution and backgrounder for non-CASE audiences. Senator Windels will propose legislative changes along same lines as last year (e.g. adding clarity and context), but only changes that are deemed acceptable to the governor's office. Will also work on the safety/discipline portion of the SAR; Rick O'Donnell (CCHE) is interested in this issue and has asked us to consult with him.
Data/Reporting Conducted focus group at CASE conference. Retained law student to compile comprehensive list of statutory and rule-based reporting requirements. Will assemble a task force of data/reporting experts to review findings and make recommendations in a white paper format. Coordinating our efforts with EDAC and other groups looking at data issues. Currently compiling a "master list" of all reports and information transfers required of school districts and boards. Goal is to develop a database that can be sorted by topic, date, who the information is reported to, etc. No legislation will be sought in 2006 due to the extensive nature of the project, but we anticipate advocating for streamlined reporting in 2007 session.
Interventions Conducted focus group at CASE conference. Will break down issues from last year's HB 1216. Rep. Marshall will introduce an early bill establishing criteria for restarting the clock on a school; other issues (school support teams, etc) will be negotiated among interested parties and may be pursued through non-legislative remedies. CDE claims they are already providing a number of the support mechanisms outlined in the bill last year.


Click the links below to access the documents. To return to this page, click the Back button on your browser.


1-page summary of SB 214 (Word file)

Fact Sheet (pdf file)

Task Force Recommendations, November 2004 (Word file)
Original recommendations from the Colorado Accountability Project Task Force. SB 214 adopts some of these proposals.

Accountability Task Force Participants (Word file)

Glossary (Word file)
If you would like further information, please contact Edie Sonn, Accountability Project Communications Manager, at (303) 762-8762 ext. 112 or esonn@co-case.org.
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