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The Rest of the Story: CDE Audit

CDE Audit
August 26, 2014

The Castle Rock News-Press released an August 21, 2014 story titled “Longer classes, shorter lunch set for Ponderosa.”

We would like to provide additional details about the CDE audit and high school schedules.

The audit is in no way tied to high school bell schedules, although the story may lead a reader to believe otherwise. It is tied to individual student schedules.

Although DCSD was never contacted by the reporter for comment, we did release a statement in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, which further explains the process:

Joint Statement from the Douglas County School District and the Colorado Department of Education

CDE conducts school district audits for pupil count and instructional minutes

August 15, 2014 – All Colorado school districts undergo a regular audit by the Colorado Department of Education regarding enrollment numbers, commonly referred to as pupil counts. Pupil counts determine if students are eligible for full- or part-time funding. These audits also review the number of instructional minutes students receive which also translates into determining if there are enough instructional minutes needed for full-time student funding from the state. 

As students progress through high school, the number of courses they must take to meet graduation requirements may decrease. Individual student schedules incorporate flexibility as they progress through high school to meet graduation requirements.  In Douglas County, some students take full loads of seven or eight courses each semester, while others may select fewer courses to balance their activity, athletic or employment schedule.

In Douglas County, individual schools monitor student schedules to ensure students remain at full-time status and meet CDE instructional minute requirements. For example, the Douglas County School District has adjusted lunch minutes, start and end times, and the length of class periods at various high schools to ensure there is more than enough instructional time available to students. This monitoring occurs regardless of the schedule a high school follows (5-7, 6-8, etc.). DCSD also works closely with colleges and universities involved in the CTE vocational program to document instructional minutes taking place outside of the school district.

CDE conducts these audits of many school districts across the state each year so, DCSD is not the only school district involved in this audit process.

Further Information Provided by the Colorado Department of Education

August 18, 2014 – All Colorado school districts, and all schools within a district, undergo a regular audit by the Colorado Department of Education regarding enrollment numbers, commonly referred to as pupil counts. Pupil counts determine if students are eligible for full- or part-time funding. These audits also review the number of instructional minutes students receive which also translates into determining if there are enough instructional minutes needed for full-time student funding from the state.

The audit is pending at this time and is not complete.  

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