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September 12, 2018
Passing schools, struggling students: Colorado reconsiders its formula for rating schools
The ratings formula ties into a long-running debate among testing experts about the value of measuring growth versus proficiency.
September 13, 2017
How should Colorado respond to federal concerns about its testing opt-out policy? State board members don’t agree.
The Colorado State Board of Education will vote next month on direction for whether to change the state's ESSA plan or not, and if so how.
try try again
August 14, 2017
Feds to Colorado: You must count students who opt out of standardized tests
The U.S. Department of Education told state officials that the policy is not acceptable. Colorado faces losing millions in federal funding if it doesn’t change course.
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.
April 13, 2017
Vote on Colorado education plan erupts into war of words over which kids benefit
Ultimately, the board agreed to send the 145-page plan to Washington, D.C., for approval.
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.
November 21, 2016
Democrats have won control of the State Board of Education. So now what?
The Democrats differ on issues such as the viability of Colorado’s existing academic standards and the role of charter schools in public education.
Change in the air
November 11, 2016
What does Trump’s win mean for Colorado schools? Here are some good guesses.
Trump has said little about his education priorities.
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.
Here we go again
September 14, 2016
Now is the time to discuss scrapping Colorado’s two-year old testing system, state board says
“If we don’t do anything now,” Durham said, “we don’t do anything.”
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.
Party of Seven
June 13, 2016
Colorado state board and education commissioner held a secret meeting — but accomplished nothing
On the first Wednesday in March, six of the seven members of the State Board of Education met for a private dinner with the man…
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