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Low performing schools and districts
Several schools and districts have been facing state intervention for multiple years of chronic low-performance.
October 10, 2018
Adams 14 superintendent asks board to deny KIPP application, rejecting advice from his staff
The Adams 14 board will vote on the KIPP recommendations next month.
October 5, 2018
Adams 14 board getting ready to make decision on charter that has divided community
The Adams 14 board will hear recommendations on the KIPP application Tuesday, and will vote in November.
October 2, 2018
Adams 14 board ordered superintendent to create plan to expand biliteracy option soon
Adams 14 reached the consensus for directing the superintendent to make the change, during a closed-session.
September 26, 2018
Amid calls to apologize, Adams 14 board pledges better handling of public criticism
The ACLU of Colorado and the Colorado Association of Bilingual Education had asked the board to apologize for removing Jorge Garcia from public comment.
September 24, 2018
Criticism mounts for Adams 14 school board for asking police to escort critic out of meeting
An ACLU letter requests an apology, and a response from the Adams 14 school board by Oct. 1.
out of order
September 13, 2018
Frequent critic of Adams 14 school district, and advocate for bilingual education, removed from public meeting
Officials cited a school board policy that bars personal attacks.
August 27, 2018
Adams 14 falls short in its upward climb. Now the state could step in.
Preliminary ratings show Adams 14 did not earn a higher mark from the state to get off of its state plan.
out of the woods
August 27, 2018
With test scores nudging up, Westminster escapes state’s watchlist
Preliminary state ratings showed Westminster has made enough improvement to come off the clock.
August 16, 2018
Test results can spell relief or gloom for state’s lowest performing schools and districts
Adams 14, Westminster and Aguilar school districts, along with some schools, must see test improvements soon.
leading a district
July 31, 2018
Adams 14 is restructuring leadership team after yearlong exodus of top staff
Regardless of the reasons, the turnover has impacted district employees, including teachers, and the community.
June 28, 2018
State Sen. Dominick Moreno among candidates for Adams 14 board vacancy
The candidates to fill the vacancy will be interviewed by the Adams 14 school board on July 9.
June 21, 2018
Denver area charter prepares to expand into the suburbs, bringing a new option to Adams 14
KIPP is now designing the proposed preschool-12th grade school with Adams 14 parents.
June 13, 2018
Board president of troubled Adams 14 school district abruptly resigns
Timio Archuleta was part of a majority on the five-member board that has supported Superintendent Javier Abrego.
June 12, 2018
Adams 14 could get a grant to replace Commerce City elementary school with safety problems
Adams 14 must still figure out some details of how to come up with their $14 million match for the grant.
May 25, 2018
Adams 14 proposing expanding mindfulness and other programs for student well-being
The mindfulness program and a Random Acts of Kindness curriculum is already being used at a few schools.
May 24, 2018
Special education in tumult as Adams 14 faces resignations, parent complaints
Parents of students with special needs in Adams 14 say their children aren't receiving appropriate services.
May 9, 2018
Group studying Adams 14 recess recommends 20 minutes, training, and new equipment
The recess committee was convened after complaints about reduced time for recess this year.
May 2, 2018
Sheridan school district picks new leader in split decision
The board will vote on a proposed contract at a later date.
April 24, 2018
Sheridan school board discussion heats up as date is set for final vote on new superintendent
The board will vote for a superintendent on May 1.
April 17, 2018
Westminster’s model part of dispute with federal investigators in education of students learning English
Westminster schools may have failed to identify scores of students needing help learning English, and also neglected to effectively teach many of those students, according…
On the Agenda
April 12, 2018
Adams 14 school board votes to give superintendent a raise with no prior notice
The board president cited a raise given to administrative staff in describing the raise for the superintendent.
April 9, 2018
Community angst growing as decision on new Sheridan superintendent nears
The Sheridan school board will continue deliberations in executive session on Tuesday.
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.
March 14, 2018
Westminster school will reopen as a Marzano lab school ‘to take on problems we haven’t solved yet’
The idea for the school was part of Westminster's state improvement plan.
March 6, 2018
Adams 14 parents and community organizers want the school board to replace the superintendent or face consequences
Organizers say they will file petitions and gather signatures to recall three board members.
March 2, 2018
A parent engagement program in Westminster is helping families understand the district’s model
The program, started last year, is running out of current grant funding this summer.
November 10, 2017
No more parent-teacher conferences: Why one Colorado school district is going with an online data system instead
Parents in the Commerce City district of Adams 14 are concerned about the district's elimination of parent teacher conferences this year.
August 30, 2017
Aurora Public Schools improves enough to dodge state action, mixed results elsewhere in new preliminary state ratings
Colorado released preliminary school and district ratings Wednesday showing some low-performing districts such as Aurora and Adams 14 improving.
August 29, 2017
Adams 14 district to keep closer eye on each school as part of state improvement plan
Adams 14 officials created a school monitoring tool that will have top district leaders visiting schools every week to keep track of how schools are doing.
On Close watch
August 17, 2017
State’s lowest performing schools and districts taking hard look at this year’s test data
School districts and schools that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock and are now on state improvement plans had mixed performance on state tests.
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.
on to the work
June 15, 2017
State Board signs off on Adams 14, Adams City High School improvement plans
The Adams 14 School District will move forward with their plans to partner with Arizona-based Beyond Textbooks.
May 11, 2017
Westminster’s plan to improve schools gets narrow board approval
The 4-3 vote followed months of negotiations and appeals between the 10,000-student district and the state.
May 11, 2017
State board gives initial support to plan for struggling Adams 14 district and high school
Adams 14 received initial approval for a plan to partner with an Arizona-based company to improve district schools, but has to better define the company's role.
May 10, 2017
State Board finalizes path for Aurora Central, HOPE Online schools
The state board voted to finalize improvement plans for Aurora Central High School and HOPE Online charter schools, giving them until 2019 to earn higher state ratings.
May 9, 2017
To counteract years of instability at Adams City HS, local and state officials are planning big changes
While balancing a need for change and a need for stability, lots of changes in store for the struggling Adams City High School in Commerce City.
May 4, 2017
State Board of Education presses for more clarity on Westminster’s improvement plan
The Colorado Board of Education on Thursday directed Westminster to further clarify how two companies will work with the district.
May 1, 2017
How Adams 14 plans to give an outside company authority over some school management
The Adams 14 School District will use Beyond Textbooks to help run three schools next year.
April 25, 2017
Commerce City students march to district building asking for a voice in their struggling school’s future
Students from Adams City High School walked out Tuesday asking for the district to pick a principal for their school and to give them a voice in school plans.
reasons vs. excuses
April 24, 2017
Westminster schools loses on appeal seeking higher performance rating
The state Board of Education on Monday denied an appeal by Westminster Public Schools seeking a higher performance rating.
Looking for options
April 24, 2017
State board raised questions over plan for Pueblo schools and management partners
The Colorado Board of Education asked state officials to bring them a different plan by mid-June so they can consider it against the district's plan for three schools.
April 24, 2017
Two Greeley middle schools will change their learning model as they look to boost performance
Two Greeley middle schools that reached the end of the accountability timeline and faced state action, will get innovation status to change their learning models.
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.
the fix is in
April 20, 2017
How the state plans to deal with the struggling Westminster Public Schools
Documents reveal the state's plan to deal with Westminster Public Schools, a low-performing district that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock.
a reason for hope
April 13, 2017
Failing online charter school leaders pledge greater focus on student test scores, better teachers
Leaders of HOPE Online charter school, facing state intervention for poor performance, pledged Thursday to improve teacher quality, hold themselves more accountable and renew their…
A reason to HOPE?
April 12, 2017
HOPE Online charter school would dodge closure under state plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe
The meeting with the state board comes after HOPE failed to improve during the last seven years.
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.
March 8, 2017
What the heck is the Colorado school accountability clock? (And 14 other questions you might ask.)
State officials are about to intervene in the hopes of setting some schools on the right course.
March 7, 2017
The state tried to save one Colorado school before and failed. Now it is about to try again — with 12.
The ill-fated attempt to turn around Cole Middle School provides a cautionary tale as the state prepares to intervene in a bid to improve 12 schools and five districts.
December 13, 2016
Adams 14 will retain low rating, setting district up for state sanctions
The state will not change the performance rating for the Commerce City school district meaning the state will have to take action soon.
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