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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.
Does not transmit
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.
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…
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.
September 23, 2016
Data privacy worries shield thousands of Colorado test scores from public scrutiny
Inspired in part by the State Board of Education’s zeal for student privacy, the state education department redacted hundreds of additional data points this year.
apple of my eye
September 16, 2016
Meet Colorado’s six finalists for Teacher of the Year
The Colorado Department of Education announced the six finalists for the state's 2017 Teacher of the Year honor on Friday.
August 25, 2016
School discipline data mistakes have ripple effects for advocates battling the school-to-prison pipeline
Erroneous discipline data from some Colorado districts has made it hard for advocates to track suspension trends and complicated efforts to press for change.
August 12, 2016
Colorado’s suspension rate called into question after districts say data is wrong
Chalkbeat has retracted its original article.
The results are in
August 11, 2016
Colorado elementary school students show modest gains on PARCC math tests
Most students are still not meeting expectations on the state's English and math tests.
August 11, 2016
Absent PARCC data, schools turn to local data to make instructional changes
State officials blame the delay on paper-and-pencil testing.
All the committees
August 9, 2016
Why are there two committees in Colorado working on the nation’s new education law?
At both meetings, members worried that their respective work could end in a political showdown.
hold on wait a minute
August 5, 2016
Colorado to U.S. Department of Education: Your proposed rules will stifle us
In a strongly worded letter, interim Education Commissioner Katy Anthes told the federal government they should restart the regulation process from scratch.
Hold your horses
August 4, 2016
Colorado schools chief to lawmakers: Don’t expect total overhaul of state laws just yet
Colorado could still rethink education policies around standards, testing and accountability at a later date, says State Board of Education chairman.
throwing a line
July 22, 2016
Colorado Education Department to Pueblo school district: Let us help
A letter Anthes wrote to the school board resembles one then-Commissioner Rich Crandall sent the Adams 14 school board after its superintendent left this spring.
The chosen ones
July 21, 2016
Meet the 20 people who will help reshape Colorado’s education policies
Among the topics the committee and its various sub-committees must address: standards, testing and teacher quality.
weakness in numbers
July 12, 2016
Colorado isn’t producing nearly enough teachers, new report finds
With traditional teacher programs in decline and retirements on the rise, Colorado needs to do something.
bill of goods?
July 7, 2016
Colorado officials are not happy with how the new federal education law is playing out. Here’s why.
Department officials told the board they believed about a quarter of the proposed regulations put new limits on states.
July 7, 2016
State board pledges $1 million to bail out rural Colorado district reeling from coal industry collapse
The state Department of Education will give a $1 million emergency bailout to the 350-student South Routt School District.
July 6, 2016
Colorado is rethinking all of its major education policies. And everyone is jockeying for influence.
State Board of Education chairman Steve Durham has four ideas. See them here first.
mouths to feed
July 5, 2016
Summer food programs for low-income students expand in suburbs
Officials expect to serve more than 1.5 million meals at 577 meal sites this summer.
reading is fundamental
June 16, 2016
Former Colorado education department employee sues over lost job
The lawsuit provides a new window into the behind-the-scenes debate over how the state’s rules for the READ Act evolved since the law was first passed in 2012.
June 8, 2016
Colorado backs off controversial proposal to change schools rating system
Civil rights and education reform advocacy groups raised concern.
June 6, 2016
Proposed shift in Colorado’s school ratings draws ire of education reform, civil rights groups
State Department of Education officials say that few schools’ ratings would change as a result, and that the new system would better gauge how smaller schools are doing.
May 20, 2016
Education department chief of staff chosen as interim commissioner, Crandall discusses sudden exit
Colorado's interim education commissioner played a key role in Colorado's landmark teacher evaluation law.
We hardly knew thee
May 19, 2016
Colorado education commissioner resigns suddenly after brief stint in job
Crandall was just appointed in December.
Failure to launch
May 17, 2016
Freeing failing schools from bureaucracy hasn’t worked as hoped. So why is Colorado still doing it?
The state's 2008 innovation law was considered an education reform policy win.
aint over til its over
May 11, 2016
State board approves Aurora school redesigns, but Aurora Central isn’t off the hook
The meeting also set up a new debate about how the state will address dozens of failing Colorado schools that have reached the end of the state’s accountability timeline.
movin' on up
May 6, 2016
More Colorado high schoolers taking college courses
Nearly 30 percent of Colorado’s 11th-graders and 12th-graders took part in a dual enrollment program during 2014-15 – an increase of 15 percent over the previous year.
April 20, 2016
State, Dougco split the difference in $4.6 million enrollment count dispute
The Douglas County School District will repay the Colorado Department of Education about $2 million — half of what it originally owed — to settle a long-running fight over enrollment counts.
Does quality stack up?
April 1, 2016
Move over, GED. Coloradans will have three choices for high school equivalency exams
The move to three high-school equivalency tests will bring savings, but critics contend the quality of the alternatives falls short of the revamped GED.
reading is fundamental
February 10, 2016
Proposed change to early literacy testing would harm English learners, critics say
The State Board of Education is weighing a READ Act rule change that would require English learners to be tested twice, in two languages.
Getting the diploma
January 21, 2016
After years of progress, Colorado school dropout rates take a (very slight) turn for the worse
Colorado's dropout rate inched up for the first time in eight years, while high school graduation rates stayed the same.
January 12, 2016
At Aurora’s struggling schools, teachers say they don’t know how to teach state standards
Among the recommendations to fix some of Aurora's most at-risk schools: Give more planning time to teachers and rethink how English language learners are taught.
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