Colorado’s plan for exiting low-performing schools is weakened by its poor system of identification and lacks detail.
Based on the state’s description, schools could exit improvement status by jumping in the state’s relative rankings without making any actual improvements (other schools could simply fall behind them).
While the state specifies that schools must remain in the Comprehensive Support classification for three years, it provides no information about ongoing performance expectations necessary to exit this list. It is unclear whether/how averaging school performance over three years may make exiting improvement status more or less challenging for these schools.
Further, Colorado provides no clear timeline for supporting targeted support and improvement schools.