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August 19, 2018
A bastion of student data privacy, Colorado yields a bit to demands for more openness
State education officials are considering additional changes for 2019 that should make more information available.
August 2, 2018
Opposing groups call for all sides to play nice in Denver schools superintendent search
The statement quickly prompted a backlash on social media from community members who have been critical of the district.
May 31, 2018
Far from reaching its ambitious goals, the Denver district plans to ask for community input
“What I am hoping for is to test the path we’re on," the school board president said.
exceptions to the rule
April 19, 2018
The highs and lows of Colorado education are spotlighted in ‘The Outliers’
A new report from the Denver-based education reform advocacy group A Plus Colorado examines both exemplary and struggling districts.
April 7, 2018
What’s next for Colorado schools ‘on the clock’? This bill would show the way
Colorado's school accountability law is silent about what should happen if students still aren’t learning in the years following state intervention.
February 27, 2018
Denver should seize on this moment to better integrate schools, report says
The report from A Plus Colorado offers several recommendations for how to do that.
January 22, 2018
Colorado’s biggest universities were left off a report on how high schools set up their graduates for college success
A Plus Colorado has withdrawn a report based on faulty state data, and Chalkbeat has removed a corresponding article whose premise may have been incorrect.
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December 19, 2017
Retracted: A Plus Colorado takes down report on which high schools send graduates to top colleges
A Plus Colorado relied on data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, but some key information was missing.
21st century schools
October 20, 2017
Five takeaways from a panel with author David Osborne, champion of giving schools autonomy and holding them accountable
Osborne, an author and consultant who specializes in documenting public sector reforms, is an advocate of charter schools and giving schools greater autonomy.
August 14, 2017
New online map puts Aurora school information in one place
Aurora Public Schools launched a map on their website that points families to various information about each school they click on.
May 9, 2017
Some Denver schools beat the odds, but new report says more gains needed districtwide
While the 92,000-student district is indeed getting better, opportunity is “unevenly distributed," the report says.
March 22, 2017
New report bemoans state of education in Aurora, but superintendent begs to differ
A follow-up to a report published in 2015 criticizing Aurora Public Schools, states not much is changing fast enough. The superintendent, Rico Munn, disagreed.
February 1, 2017
Which Colorado school districts are outshining the rest — and which are falling behind? New report seeks answers
We highlight six interesting findings from the report.
September 22, 2016
Five ways to improve Denver’s teacher pay system, spelled out in new report
One idea: Offer the biggest raises in the first five years of a teacher’s career to increase retention.
April 27, 2016
Denver schools making promising progress but troubling gaps persist, report says
DPS still has a long way to go to meet the goals of its five-year strategic plan, the report says.
slow and steady
April 12, 2016
Report: Mapleton’s bold experiment in school choice paying off — slowly
A report released by the education reform advocacy group A-Plus Colorado examined how things turned out, concluding that the reforms have largely worked — but gradually.
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