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Wednesday Churn: School awards


What’s churning:

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards have gone to 153 schools, and 151 schools have received the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards.

The governor’s award recognizes the top 8 percent of public schools that show the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. See the full list here.

The Irwin awards go to the top 8 percent of public schools with the highest achievement on statewide assessments. See the list of 2009-2010 winners.

The awards were established by the legislature in 2000.

What’s on tap:

The Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 101. Agenda

The Mesa State College trustees convene at 9 a.m. in the Gallegos Boardroom of the Academic Classroom Building on campus in Grand Junction. Agenda

The St. Vrain school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the
 Educational Services Center, 395 South Pratt Parkway, Longmont. Agenda

Good reads from elsewhere:

Growth matters: In Los Angeles, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says No Child Left Behind should be rewritten to reflect student academic progress. Los Angeles Times.

Seeking calm: Chicago Public Schools are investing $18 million in trying to achieve a “culture of calm” in its most troubled schools. National Public Radio.

In case you missed it: Here’s the New York magazine profile of Michelle Rhee that has people talking: Miss Grundy was fired today.