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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

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This Week in The Scoop


Please note there will be no distributions of The Scoop on either Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 in observation of the holidays.

Accountability & Improvement

Local accountability system grant available

The application process for the local accountability system grant is open.

The intent of the grant program is to support local education providers in establishing and supporting a local accountability system that supplements the state accountability system. This program is also intended to enable the state to learn from innovation in the field.

Applications are due Thursday, Dec 19. Visit the grant webpage for more information.

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Steffen
Accountability & Continuous Improvement
Phone: 303-866-6676

Early Learning & School Readiness

Public comment open for READ Act rules

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act was passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, giving the state the guiding philosophy, structure and resources children need in order to read at grade level by fourth grade. After six years of implementation, schools and districts were not seeing the dramatic improvements in reading levels envisioned by state leaders. This led to updates in the READ Act through the passage of Senate Bill 19-199.

The State Board of Education has noticed a rulemaking process for Rules for the Administration of the Colorado READ Act. Updates to the rules will incorporate legislative changes that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 sessions. Rulemaking hearings are scheduled for the January and February board meetings. A copy of the rules can be found on Board Docs (PDF).

The State Board of Education is accepting public comments on the noticed rules. Those interested in submitting feedback can do so by emailing

For more information, visit the 2019-20 READ Act Rule Changes webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Floyd Cobb
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6868

Notice: Results Matter Assessment Review in 2020

CDE will release a vendor solicitation for preschool assessment tools to be considered for the Results Matter assessment menu.  Results Matter assessments drive instructional planning and reporting for the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) and preschool special education.

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed in early 2020 with specific dates to be announced soon. In the meantime, review the 2019 Results Matter Selection Criteria (PDF).

For additional information, visit the Results Matter homepage.

For More Information, Contact:
Nicholas Ortiz
Preschool through Third Grade (P-3) Office
Phone: 303-866-3368

News & Notes

Attend the SB 19-104 Commission meeting

The Senate Bill 19-104 Commission to Eliminate Duplicate Regulations will hold its first meeting 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, in the State Board Room at 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. 

This meeting is open to the public. The commission will hear public testimony at approximately 3:20 p.m.

For more information, visit the SB 19-104 Commission webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Bloom
Legislative Relations and Policy
Phone: 303-866-6274


Celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 9-15

Computer Science Education Week (CSEDWeek) is dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

This annual celebration was founded to raise awareness about the need for computer science education at all levels and has worked towards the goal of engaging students,  teachers and communities with a wide variety of events and activities.

This week, over 121,000 Hour of Code events are taking place around the world. Consider hosting an event in your school or attending one in a neighboring district. View a list of events that school districts have shared with CDE.

For more information, visit the Computer Science webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Chris Summers
Standards & Instructional Support
Phone: 303-866-6576

Support & Intervention

Attend a Tier 2 training series

At a three-day training series, school teams will learn how to implement check-in/check-out (CICO) as part of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports within Multi-Tiered System of Supports Tier 2. Attendees will learn how to pilot CICO  with a few students within their school before scaling it up across the entire school.

The first two sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both Thursday, Jan. 16, and Friday, Jan. 17. The third will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. All training will be held in the Board Room at Fountain Fort Carson School District, 10665 Jimmy Camp Road. in Fountain. Register via Eventbrite.

School teams interested in attending must complete the 2019-20 Tier 2 School Level Readiness Checklist (PDF) and submit it to Jason Harlacher at

For more details, visit the Upcoming PBIS Trainings webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Allison Greene
Office of Learning Supports
Phone: 303.866.6355

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