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October 8, 2014
State has limited flexibility on testing, feds say
Colorado has few options if policymakers want to create a more flexible state testing system, or one that lets districts make their own testing choices, the State Board of Education has learned.
SBE gets an earful
October 8, 2014
State Board gets taste of Jeffco controversy
Citizens who spoke at the State Board of Education’s monthly public comment session Wednesday gave members a taste of the passions that have roiled the Jefferson County Schools in recent weeks.
September 10, 2014
With debate, State Board lays U.S. history flap to rest
Members of the State Board of Education Wednesday got it from both sides in the culture wars controversy over the new Advanced Placement U.S. history course and test.
No easy answers
September 10, 2014
Cuts in state testing could have unintended consequences
Some testing critics have pushed for trimming Colorado’s K-12 tests back to only what’s required by the federal government, but making that move isn’t as simple as it sounds, the State Board of Education was told Wednesday.
August 18, 2014
Feelings mixed on where to go from here on testing
A study done for state Department of Education has found significant worries about the burden of state and district testing but somewhat mixed views about the details of what should be done next.
Here we go again
August 14, 2014
TCAP results prompt State Board to take familiar ideological sides
Release of the 2014 TCAP scores sent members of the State Board of Education into a philosophical discussion that highlighted the group’s longstanding ideological divisions about education reform.
July 1, 2014
Fundraising advantages didn’t buy victory in SBE primaries
Both candidates who won the contested State Board of Education primaries on June 24, Valentina Flores and Marcia Neal, raised less money than the…
June 25, 2014
Observers: political realities more than ed issues led to Flores’ State Board win
Voter turnout, ballot position and hurried, low-visibility campaigns likely were more important than education issues in Val Flores’ victory over Taggart Hansen in the Democratic primary for the 1st District seat on the State Board of Education.
June 24, 2014
Flores wins State Board primary; Neal looks safe
Updated July 25, Noon – Val Flores, a retired educator backed by teachers unions, won a convincing victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary…
June 18, 2014
Two intra-party fights for state board quietly move into final stretch
Democrats and Republicans this year both have primary fights for seats on the State Board of Education, positions that traditionally are among the state’s lower-profile elected offices.
Do what we tell you
June 11, 2014
CDE, State Board sort through homework assignments
How would you feel if your teacher gave you nearly two-dozen homework assignments and then left school for the next seven months? That’s kind of the spot the Department of Education and the State Board of Education are in with the work assigned to them by Colorado legislators.
May 13, 2014
Summer of testing debate launches with release of study
Updated - School leaders, teachers and parents are worried about the time demands that new state tests will impose and the impact on classroom learning, school schedules and staff time, according to research done this spring for the Colorado Department of Education.
March 11, 2014
State board chair drops a little PARCC surprise
Paul Lundeen, chair of the State Board of Education, informed his colleagues Tuesday that he plans to ask them to vote next month on…
February 12, 2014
State Board decides to watch testing flexibility bill
State Board of Education members Wednesday took a collegial approach to a bill that would allow school districts to opt out of state tests,…
united in orange but not on bill
January 31, 2014
State Board splits over testing and standards delay
State Board of Education members, who work hard to bridge partisan and philosophical divisions, fractured dramatically Friday over a new bill that proposes to delay implementation of state academic content standards and new tests.
September 30, 2013
SBE chair Lundeen to run for state House
Paul Lundeen, chair of the State Board of Education, announced Monday that he will run for a seat in the state House next year.
September 11, 2013
Round II on Common Core for State Board
The State Board of Education last month got an earful from grassroots Common Core Standards critics (see story), but on Wednesday it…
September 10, 2013
Teacher evaluation pilot hints at strengths, weaknesses
Colorado teachers evaluated during a pilot test of the state’s educator effectiveness law did pretty well – 92 percent of those participating were rated proficient or higher.
August 14, 2013
SBE gets earnest earful from Common Core critics
The Common Core Standards, a hot topic for the State Board of Education three years ago, surfaced again Wednesday at the end of an otherwise-routine meeting of the panel.
December 10, 2012
SBE hears Common Core debate
Bob Schaffer’s last full meeting as chair of the State Board of Education had an unusual - and meaty - format.
October 24, 2012
Ed board candidate fundraising is modest
State Board of Education and CU Regents candidates have been raising money all year – often $10 at a time.
July 12, 2012
State board sides with charter on expansion
Parents of 44 prospective elementary students at a suburban Pueblo charter school got some good news Thursday from the State Board of Education.
April 28, 2012
State Board unconvinced on new tests
A split State Board of Education is opposing a bill that would commit Colorado to new multi-state achievement tests.
April 26, 2012
State board opposes testing bill
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted to oppose a contentious testing bill.
April 11, 2012
State Board adopts appeals rules
The State Board of Education has adopted rules that will govern appeals by teachers who receive two consecutive ineffective ratings.
March 29, 2012
State Board mulls SB 191 appeals
Updated – Use of review panels in teacher evaluation appeals dominated discussion at a State Board of Education hearing.
March 7, 2012
End of the line for Life Skills
The State Board of Education voted 4-3 to uphold the Denver school board’s denial of a new charter for Life Skills High School.
February 27, 2012
Partisan spat rocks House Education
Two surprise amendments ignited a partisan House Education Committee fight Monday that ended with the sponsor walking out on his own bill.
February 8, 2012
Evaluation appeals rules launched
The first version of proposed rules governing appeals under the new teacher evaluation system were unveiled Wednesday.
January 11, 2012
SBE trips over charter rules
It took some time and wrangling, but the State Board of Education Wednesday approved regulations on charter and online schools.
December 6, 2011
SBE hopeful but realistic on testing funds
The State Board of Education assessed the chances of getting to pay for new tests and rejected a charter school appeal at its December meeting.
November 10, 2011
State Board previews tests of the future
The brave new world of 21st-century testing was unveiled for the State Board of Education on Thursday.
November 10, 2011
Teacher evaluation rules approved
The State Board of Education has approved new rules for evaluation of principals and teachers – with important blanks to be filled in later.
October 5, 2011
Reactions to SB 191 rules seem positive
Witnesses at a hearing Wednesday supported proposed regulations for educator evaluations but suggested further tweaking.
September 23, 2011
Notification rule in hands of Denver judge
A judge’s decision is the next step in the legal fight over the state rule requiring parents be notified when teachers are arrested.
September 14, 2011
SBE crosses fingers on new tests
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted to request bids for new state tests and supported seeking a NCLB waiver.
August 4, 2011
SBE mulls test costs, NCLB waiver
Testing costs and the possibility of waiving out of the NCLB law sparked lively discussion among State Board of Education members.
August 3, 2011
State Board has a big day
The State Board of Education got an estimate on new test costs Wednesday and an earful about proposed teacher evaluation regulations.
July 13, 2011
Districts eager for SB 191 pilot
Nearly a quarter of Colorado school districts have applied to participate in field-testing of new principal and teacher evaluation methods.
July 8, 2011
CEA challenges arrest-notice rule
The Colorado Education Association has filed suit challenging a recent State Board of Education rule requiring districts to notify parents when employees are arrested.
June 13, 2011
Gates gives $9.7M for Colorado reforms
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $9.7 million to help Colorado school districts implement and integrate key education reforms.
June 8, 2011
Seeking state-local balance on evaluations
A key issue in Colorado's educator effectiveness law - how much flexibility school districts should have in evaluating teachers - remains in play.
May 12, 2011
SBE dives into evaluation details
The State Board of Education got a better sense Thursday of just how tricky a job it faces in crafting new educator evaluations.
May 11, 2011
State teachers happy – on average
Most Colorado teachers feel their schools are good places to work or learn, according to a statewide survey.
May 2, 2011
Commissioner search ends
Robert Hammond is the sole finalist for commissioner of education and is expected to be hired by the State Board of Education next week.
April 21, 2011
SBE goes for local candidates
The State Board of Education has tapped two familiar names as finalists for Colorado commissioner of education.
April 14, 2011
SBE finally agrees on parent notice rule
The State Board of Education has voted unanimously to require schools to notify parents when a staff member is arrested.
April 13, 2011
Much work ahead on evaluation system
The ball has been passed to the state Department of Education to flesh out new principal and teacher evaluation systems. With links
March 9, 2011
Kit Carson wins SB 191 waivers
The State Board of Education has approved a groundbreaking innovation application from the Kit Carson school district.
February 10, 2011
Superintendent: Waiver best for small district
A tiny Eastern Plains school district is seeking a waiver from one education reform law by invoking the terms of a different reform statute.
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