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Rocky Mountain Turnaround
March 30, 2018
How a Colorado school district turned things around at 10,000 feet above sea level
While many of the improvement strategies used by this Colorado rural school district are familiar, they’ve been retrofitted to meet the district's needs.
March 15, 2018
Slow progress, many challenges: How Colorado schools on improvement plans are doing
Only some of the schools, including Adams City High School, must show improvement this year.
January 18, 2018
Denver students taking longer to graduate, even as other districts report improvements
The Aurora and Westminster school districts are among those that posted some gains, while Denver Public Schools saw a decrease in the on-time graduation rate.
year in review
December 20, 2017
Colorado stepped in to save its lowest-performing schools in 2017. Whether it will work may not be answered in 2018.
The state board is expected to get a status update on how the schools are performing early next year.
December 13, 2017
More than 140 Colorado public schools identified for low performance in 2017 state quality ratings
There are more than 1,700 schools in Colorado, so the vast majority of the state’s students attend schools that received one of the state’s two highest ratings.
December 7, 2017
‘Low pay and low prestige’: How Colorado superintendents want to lift the teaching profession
With a new state strategic plan out proposing solutions to teachers shortages in Colorado, the discussion is heating up.
November 28, 2017
Katy Anthes’s inner circle: Meet the eight people helping Colorado’s education commissioner in her first year on the job
Anthes has brought stability to a department that was experiencing major turnover.
November 21, 2017
A minimum salary for Colorado teachers? State officials may ask lawmakers to consider it.
The report, assembled at the request of the legislature, also proposes a marketing campaign and scholarships to attract new teachers to rural areas.
November 8, 2017
Colorado’s education commissioner signed off on 2017 school district quality ratings. Find yours here
The quality ratings help Colorado officials target federal dollars to help low performing school districts.
ESSA Wrap up
October 11, 2017
Colorado bows to federal pressure, adopts second school quality system that penalizes schools for testing opt-out
Some state board members worried two quality systems would create additional work for teachers, create confusion among the public or misidentify schools.
READ ACT ROUND ROBIN
October 11, 2017
Colorado State Board of Education adopts new early literacy rules for native Spanish speakers, reversing earlier decision
The new READ Act guidelines provide parents the right to request students be tested in English.
October 6, 2017
In Boulder, students with special needs are outperforming their state peers but are far behind their own classmates
For two years in a row, Colorado education officials have raised concerns about how students with special needs are falling far behind on state English…
October 5, 2017
Why this large Colorado school district isn’t focused on its achievement gaps
Aurora Superintendent Rico Munn said his concern isn’t about closing gaps, but improving outcomes for all students.
Building Better Schools
September 29, 2017
Colorado wants to help these 230 schools improve learning. Here’s the state’s first step.
The state education department earlier this month notified school districts of their eligibility to apply for the money and other state services.
September 20, 2017
What a dearth of teachers means for a school in a one-stoplight Colorado town
In rural Otis, school leaders are struggling to find teachers at a time when poverty is on the rise among its students.
September 11, 2017
Leanne Emm, Colorado education department’s chief financial officer, to retire
Emm announced her retirement in an email to other school finance officers late last month. Her last day at the department is Sept. 22.
August 25, 2017
Here’s a closer look at how students performed on Colorado’s 2017 tests — in nine graphics
The gaps are real, and they aren't getting any smaller.
August 25, 2017
Colorado tells feds it needs more time to rethink opt-out policy
Colorado’s response follows a trip by one state official to Washington, D.C., to discuss the issue in person.
August 23, 2017
Colorado education officials hope these three ideas will reverse the state teacher shortage
The state departments of education and higher education must complete a strategic plan to curb the teacher shortage by December.
August 17, 2017
Find your 2017 Colorado SAT and PSAT scores
Colorado juniors take the SAT, while sophomores take the PSAT. Both tests are supposed to gauge college readiness.
August 17, 2017
Colorado state test scores inch up, but wide socioeconomic gaps remain
Three years after Colorado introduced new, more demanding standardized tests, student performance statewide is slowly ticking up, according to data released Thursday. Most students still…
August 15, 2017
Colorado is about to release a torrent of test results. Here are four storylines worth watching.
What will we be able to say after three years of data? We'll find out on Thursday.
The nominees are
August 15, 2017
One of these seven teachers will be Colorado’s 2018 Teacher of the Year
The winner, to be announced by Nov. 1, is chosen by a committee of individuals from within the education community.
try try again
August 14, 2017
Feds to Colorado: You must count students who opt out of standardized tests
The U.S. Department of Education told state officials that the policy is not acceptable. Colorado faces losing millions in federal funding if it doesn’t change course.
August 9, 2017
Colorado testing an updated teacher evaluation system that will take less time but set a higher bar
The changes come seven years after Colorado updated its teacher evaluation system, which included the controversial move of linking ratings to student performance
July 27, 2017
Colorado’s education plan earns cheers, jeers from national reform groups
Official approval from Washington is still pending.
collaboration not confrontation
July 13, 2017
Colorado shied from taking aggressive action to fix its lowest performing schools. Will it be enough?
At the urging of state Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, the board opted for a lighter approach at a dozen schools that failed to make the grade since 2010.
July 5, 2017
From CSAP to PARCC, here’s how Colorado’s standardized tests have changed (and what’s next)
To help keep it all the changes straight, here is a timeline of the past, present and future of Colorado’s standardized tests.
Steel City Turnaround
June 15, 2017
Pueblo schools must give more authority to management group, state board says
Thursday’s final plan is not far off from what Pueblo officials had originally suggested to improve student learning.
End of an era
June 14, 2017
Colorado backing away from PARCC English and math tests, forging its own path
However, Colorado will likely keep using some PARCC questions in the math and English tests given to students in grades three through eight.
town hall tour
June 13, 2017
Now is your chance to weigh in on how Colorado should reverse its teacher shortage
State lawmakers earlier this year passed legislation calling for such a plan, which is due to lawmakers by the end of the year.
June 9, 2017
Colorado is re-examining its academic standards. Will it avoid the political turmoil seen in other states?
Colorado’s standards update, which is required by state law, opens up the possibility of another round of public debate on the value of the academic standards.
Two for one
April 21, 2017
Schools in Pueblo, Greeley up next as state sorts out struggling schools
Like all the schools facing state intervention, the five before the state board Monday serve large populations of poor and Latino students.
March 8, 2017
How Colorado education officials have quietly helped struggling schools improve
The State Board of Education will begin a months-long process of determining what changes a dozen schools and five school districts should make to boost student learning.
February 24, 2017
Criminal background check fees to be waived for thousands of Colorado educators caught up in state bookkeeping snafu
Colorado educators required to get new criminal background checks because of a bookkeeping problem will not have to pay the $39.50 processing fee.
February 10, 2017
Colorado’s education department has a plan. And they want to know what you think about it.
Public comment on Colorado's proposed education plan is open until March 10.
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January 31, 2017
Colorado education department asking thousands of educators for new criminal background checks
About 3,000 Colorado school district employees have been or will be told they must get new criminal background checks after a routine FBI audit found incomplete records in the state’s licensing database.
finishing high school
Updated January 19, 2017
Colorado’s graduation rate hits six-year high, with both big spikes and declines in metro Denver
The state’s graduation gap between students of color and their white students also narrowed slightly.
January 12, 2017
Colorado’s student population is growing — but not so fast
Colorado’s student population this school year grew at its slowest rate since 1989, further evidence that shifting demographics are having a significant impact on public…
a second look
January 3, 2017
Two Colorado districts plan to ask state board to up their quality ratings to stave off sanctions
Aurora and Westminster public schools were the only districts that filed the necessary paperwork by Tuesday.
year in review
December 19, 2016
Movers and shakers: Significant comings and goings in Colorado education in 2016
Turnover in the education commissioner job, a sabbatical for Denver's schools chief and upheaval in suburban school district leadership marked 2016.
the end of parcc?
December 15, 2016
Time to find new, shorter standardized tests, state board directs education department
The new tests would be used in the 2018 school year.
December 14, 2016
Katy Anthes, who helped stabilize education department, appointed Colorado’s education commissioner
Anthes first joined the department to oversee the rollout of the state's teacher evaluation system.
Movers and shakers
December 6, 2016
Rebecca Holmes named president and CEO of Colorado Education Initiative
Holmes is a former associate state education commissioner.
November 3, 2016
Find out how much more money your Colorado school district is getting under the governor’s proposed budget
Some of Colorado's smallest school districts are seeing the largest increases.
hold up wait a minute
October 12, 2016
Colorado won’t bolt from PARCC just yet, state board chairman says
The board chairman previously said this fall was the state board's last chance to drop the multi-step testing group.
October 11, 2016
Here are the Colorado schools and districts most likely to face state intervention for poor performance
The Colorado schools are urban, rural, big and small, district-run and charters.
October 11, 2016
Tech-focused Colorado Springs teacher out to ‘change the world’ named state’s Teacher of the Year
A career and technical education teacher in Colorado Springs was named 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year.
just in time
October 3, 2016
Off the list: Two Colorado school districts improve enough to spare themselves from state sanctions
Schools and districts that spend five straight years on the watch list face state sanctions.
September 26, 2016
Why teachers of color are missing from this year’s Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists
This year's Teacher of the Year finalists didn't include teachers of color. Educators cite a time-consuming application and a lack of information, among other reasons.
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