It's been a great week visiting districts throughout the southwest corner of the state. I was impressed with the four districts I visited (Ignacio, Durango, Silverton & Ridgway) as well as the southwest e-learning school and the 20-plus superintendents I also had the chance to listen to. Everyone is excited about graduation and I congratulate them on another successful year.
Shout Outs - As I have been traveling the state over the past month, I have been hearing nothing but praise about how well assessments have gone this year. I am truly impressed with the professionalism and hard work of the CDE's assessment team but also the work done by local assessment teams in districts and charters throughout the state. If you do not think this is a big deal just look at the recent articles here, here, here, and here.
Unified Improvement Planning Survey - In an effort to continually improve what we do, we are reaching out to superintendents, district administrators, principals, teachers, school board members and accountability representatives to fill out a survey on how our improvement planning is going. The feedback will be invaluable to help the Unified Improvement Planning team understand how it is doing and what can be done to get better. The survey closes on June 1 and you can access it here.
Finally, and I believe it was important not to overshadow the above information, today I submitted my resignation to the State Board of Education. The realities of my large family being out of state, including school-age children, as well as the demands of the position and the time required to fully serve a state as diverse and expansive as Colorado, led me to this decision. I have enjoyed getting to know and work with so many supporters of public education, especially the staff at the Department of Education. I wish the state board and staff well as they work on implementation of ESSA and the many key policy issues facing the board.
I hope our paths cross again some day.
Rich Crandall, CPA, MBA, SNS
Commissioner of Education