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Colorado Department of Education
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.
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