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August 2016

Welcome to the ESSA e-Newsletter


As Colorado works on drafting the state's plan to conform with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this periodic e-newsletter will provide updates on major developments, including information about the work of the hub and spoke committees, as well as important actions by the Colorado Department of Education, State Board of Education and U.S. Department of Education.

Recent news

ESSA Hub Committee meets for first time on Aug. 8, learns of task ahead

The central Hub Committee, made up of about 20 people who were appointed by the State Board of Education, met for the first time on Aug. 8 to decide protocols and rules. (More)

Interim commissioner sends letter to U.S. Education Secretary about ESSA  
Colorado’s interim education Commissioner Katy Anthes in late July sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary John King about ESSA’s accountability and state plan proposed rules. (More)

ESSA spoke committees begin to meet
The seven ESSA spoke committees that will help develop and review sections of the state ESSA plan began meeting in early August as the committees’ membership continued to be set. The spoke committees are charged with working with constituency groups, incorporating feedback from listening tours and reviewing plans with the Hub Committee. (More)

Standards spoke committee to hold informational webinar
The Office of Standards and Instructional Support is hosting an informational webinar about the Standards Spoke Committee for Colorado’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan. The informational webinar will be conducted on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. A recording will be made available for those unable to participate. (More)

Informational resources

All ESSA committees have webpages 
Each of the spoke committees and the central hub committee have dedicated webpages that will provide meeting times, minutes and materials from past meetings. In addition, there will be space for feedback. Find the committee webpages here

Upcoming meetings

  • ESSA Central Hub Committee, 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12, State Board of Education Board Room.
  • Standards Spoke Committee, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29, webinar
  • Effective Instruction and Leadership, 10 a.m., Sept. 7
  • Stakeholder Engagement/Program Coordination, 9 a.m. Aug. 24


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