2018 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 22 - Education
General and Administrative
Article 11 - Accreditation
Part 1 - General Provisions
§ 22-11-103. Definitions

  • As used in this article 11, unless the context otherwise requires:
  • (1) "Accreditation" means certification by the state board that a school district and the public schools of the school district, or the institute and the institute charter schools, meet the requirements established by this article and the rules promulgated pursuant to this article. "Accreditation" includes the process for accrediting school districts and the institute and reviewing the performance of public schools as provided in part 2 of this article and the rules promulgated pursuant to this article.

  • (2) "Accreditation contract" means:

    • (a) The contract between the state board and a school district, as described in section 22-11-206, that includes, but is not limited to, the school district's obligation to manage the accreditation of the public schools of the school district consistent with the provisions of this article; or

    • (b) The contract between the state board and the institute, as described in section 22-11-206, that includes, but is not limited to, the institute's obligation to manage the accreditation of the institute charter schools consistent with the provisions of this article.

  • (3) "Achievement and growth gaps" means differences among student groups in the levels of academic achievement attained by the student groups on the statewide assessments and differences among student groups in the levels of academic growth attained by the student groups.

  • (4) "Achievement level" or "performance level" means the level of proficiency a student demonstrates on a statewide assessment.

  • (5) "Alternative education campus" means a public school that receives a designation pursuant to section 22-7-604.5.

  • (6) "Basic skills courses" has the same meaning as provided in section 23-1-113 (11)(b), C.R.S.

  • (6.5) "Career and technical education course" means a postsecondary course that, upon successful completion, results in postsecondary course credit toward a career and technical education credential or associates degree in applied science.

  • (7) Repealed.

  • (8) "Colorado growth model" means a scientifically rigorous statistical model that the department uses to calculate students' annual academic growth in the subjects included in the statewide assessments based on students' scores on the annual statewide assessments, which model is adopted by the state board pursuant to section 22-11-202.

  • (9) "Commissioner" means the office of the commissioner of education created and existing pursuant to section 1 of article IX of the state constitution.

  • (9.5) "Concurrent enrollment" means that a student, while enrolled in high school, enrolls in postsecondary courses as provided in article 35 of this title 22.

  • (10) "Data portal" means the internet-based electronic data delivery system developed and maintained by the department pursuant to section 22-11-502.

  • (10.5) "Demonstration options" means the methods by which a high school student may demonstrate college and career readiness as recommended in the high school graduation guidelines adopted by the state board pursuant to section 22-2-106 (1)(a.5) and as specifically selected by the local school board of the school district in which a student is enrolled or by the district charter high school or institute charter high school in which a student is enrolled.

  • (11) "Department" means the department of education created and existing pursuant to section 24-1-115, C.R.S.

  • (12) "District charter school" means a charter school that is authorized by a school district pursuant to the provisions of part 1 of article 30.5 of this title.

  • (13) "District public school" means a public school of a school district, including but not limited to a district charter school.

  • (13.5) "General education core courses" means the postsecondary general education core courses in reading, writing, and mathematics identified pursuant to section 23-1-125 (3).

  • (14) "Improvement plan" means:

    • (a) The plan described in and adopted by a school district pursuant to section 22-11-304, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "district improvement plan";

    • (b) The plan described in and adopted by the institute pursuant to section 22-11-304, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as an "institute improvement plan"; or

    • (c) The plan described in and adopted by a public school pursuant to section 22-11-404, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "school improvement plan".

  • (15) "Institute" means the state charter school institute created pursuant to section 22-30.5-503.

  • (16) "Institute board" means the governing board of the state charter school institute appointed pursuant to section 22-30.5-505 (2).

  • (17) "Institute charter school" means a charter school that is authorized by the institute pursuant to the provisions of part 5 of article 30.5 of this title.

  • (18) Repealed.

  • (19) "Local school board" means the board of education of a school district. "Local school board" also includes the governing board of a board of cooperative services created pursuant to article 5 of this title if the board of cooperative services is operating a public school.

  • (20) "Measure" means a method of assessing or a means to assess the level of attainment on a performance indicator.

  • (21) "Median student growth" means, in a ranking of individual student growth scores from highest to lowest, the middle student growth score attained.

  • (22) Repealed.

  • (23) "Performance indicators" means the indicators specified in section 22-11-204 for measuring the performance of the state public education system, including each public school, each school district, the institute, and the state as a whole.

  • (24) "Performance plan" means:

    • (a) The plan described in and adopted by a school district pursuant to section 22-11-303, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "district performance plan";

    • (b) The plan described in and adopted by the institute pursuant to section 22-11-303, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as an "institute performance plan"; or

    • (c) The plan described in and adopted by a public school pursuant to section 22-11-403, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "school performance plan".

  • (24.5) "Performance watch" means:

    • (a) For a school district or the institute, the period of five years during which the school district or institute performs at a level that results in being accredited with priority improvement plan or lower as described in section 22-11-207 (4)(a); and

    • (b) For a public school, the period of five years during which the public school performs at a level that results in being required to adopt a priority improvement or turnaround plan as described in section 22-11-210 (1)(d)(I).

  • (25) "Postsecondary and workforce readiness" shall have the same meaning as provided in section 22-7-1003 (15).

  • (26) Repealed.

  • (27) "Priority improvement plan" means:

    • (a) The plan described in and adopted by a school district pursuant to section 22-11-305, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "district priority improvement plan";

    • (b) The plan described in and adopted by the institute pursuant to section 22-11-305, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as an "institute priority improvement plan"; or

    • (c) The plan described in and adopted by a public school pursuant to section 22-11-405, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "school priority improvement plan".

  • (28) "Public school" has the same meaning as provided in section 22-1-101 and includes, but is not limited to, a district charter school, an institute charter school, and an online school, as defined in section 22-30.7-102 (9.5).

  • (29) "School district" means a school district authorized by section 15 of article IX of the state constitution and organized pursuant to article 30 of this title. "School district" also includes a board of cooperative services created pursuant to article 5 of this title if it is operating a public school.

  • (30) "School readiness" shall have the same meaning as provided in section 22-7-1003 (21).

  • (31) "State board" means the state board of education established pursuant to section 1 of article IX of the state constitution.

  • (32) "State review panel" means the panel of education experts appointed by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-11-205 to assist the department and the state board in implementing the provisions of this article.

  • (33) "Statewide assessments" means the assessments administered pursuant to section 22-7-1006.3.

  • (34) "Student groups" means the grouping of students based on sex, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, disability, English language proficiency, and gifted and talented status, as said groups are described by state board rule and federal requirements, and any additional student groups that the state board may describe by rule to align with changes to federal requirements or to provide additional data for analysis of student learning.

  • (34.3) "Student populations that are significantly represented within the school" means student populations that each constitute at least ten percent of the total population of students in the school, which student populations may include, but need not be limited to, the student populations described in section 22-11-301 (3).

  • (34.5) "Student populations that are significantly represented within the school district" means student populations that each constitute at least ten percent of the total population of students in the school district, which student populations may include, but need not be limited to, the student populations described in section 22-11-301 (3).

  • (35) "Target" means a specific, quantifiable outcome that establishes the desired level of attainment on a measure.

  • (36) "Technical advisory panel" means the panel of state and national experts on the longitudinal measurement of academic growth for accountability purposes appointed by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-11-202 (2).

  • (37) "Turnaround plan" means:

    • (a) The plan described in and adopted by a school district pursuant to section 22-11-306, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "district turnaround plan";

    • (b) The plan described in and adopted by the institute pursuant to section 22-11-306, in whichcase it may also be referred to more specifically as an "institute turnaround plan"; or

    • (c) The plan described in and adopted by a public school pursuant to section 22-11-406, in which case it may also be referred to more specifically as a "school turnaround plan".

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