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Monday Churn: By the numbers


What’s churning:

EdNews dug a bit into the new Condition of Education report to see what we could find out about Colorado. While the number crunchers at the National Center for Education Statistics compile dozens of tables on everything from K-12 enrollment to higher ed stats, state-by-state results are provided in only a few areas. Here are some Colorado snapshots:

  • Enrollment growth 1989-2010 – U.S. 22.1 percent; Colorado 49.9 percent
  • Projected growth through 2021 – U.S. 7.3 percent; Colorado 13.1 percent
  • Charter enrollment 2009 – U.S. 3.3 percent of all public school students; Colorado 8 percent
  • Average 4th grade 2011 NAEP reading scores: U.S. 220; Colorado 223. (Colorado’s averages also were slightly higher in 4th grade math and in 8th grade reading and math.)
  • High school graduation rates 2008: U.S. 75.5 percent; Colorado 77.6 percent. (Both rates were up slightly from 1990.)

(Dates reflect school years, so 1989 means 1989-90. The NAEP results are for tests given in calendar 2011.)

Regis University starts June with a new president, Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.

He succeeds retiring president Father Michael Sheeran, S.J., who served as president since 1993. Fitzgibbons has had a long career in Catholic higher education. More information

What’s on tap:


The Denver school board has a special meeting set for 4:30 p.m. at the district offices, 900 Grant St.


The Aurora board will hold a public comment session on the proposed 2012-13 budget at 6 p.m. at the Professional Learning and Conference Center,
15771 E 1st Ave. Budget plan information

The Douglas County board has a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled at the district offices, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock.

The Adams 12-Five Star board has a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton.


The Colorado Commission on Higher Education meets at 1 p.m. at Otero Junior College in La Junta. Agenda

The Educational Success Task Force, a group of legislators and educators that has been studying how to improve student success at key transition points in their education, meets from 1-3 p.m. at the community college system offices, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd. More information on the task force

The Denver board has a work session scheduled at 4:30 p.m. at the district offices.

The Jefferson County board has a packed session scheduled starting at 5 p.m. at Education Services Center, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. The agenda includes discussion of and an expected vote on the proposed bond and override election in November and a vote on the 2012-13 budget. Agenda

Good reads from elsewhere:

Wireless educators: A new study has found that educators are more likely to be users of mobile devices than the population as a whole. Get the details in this blog post from our partners at EdWeek.

Remediation questions: Remedial programs for college students around the nation are costly but don’t seem to have much impact on college completion, according to a new study by Complete College America. Find out more in this Huffington Post story.

Common Core costs: Implementation of the Common Core Standards could save states $927 million – or cost them as $8.3 billion. It all depends on how the implementation is done, according to a new study by the Fordham Institute.

The EdNews’ Churn is a roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education, published during the summer as news warrants. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at EdNews@EdNewsColorado.org.