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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.
April 30, 2018
A bad kid turned school principal motivates students with life lessons she learned
As a student, she misbehaved when she was bored. Now, a principal uses what she learned to help her students.
September 2, 2015
Report: Early absenteeism leads to achievement gaps later
Colorado has slightly higher absenteeism rates in the fourth and eighth grades than the nation, according to a study that ties chronic absences to achievement gaps.
August 14, 2015
Call for later high school start times falls flat in Denver Public Schools
A top administrator asked Denver high schools and sixth-12th grade campuses to institute a start time of 8 a.m. or later this year, but most students won't see any changes.
August 13, 2014
New kindergarten assessments voluntary this year, mandatory next year
Many Colorado school districts are piloting the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment in their kindergarten classrooms this year in anticipation of mandatory statewide implementation next year.
August 15, 2013
State ed boards approve “endorsed” diplomas
Colorado’s two statewide education boards on Thursday approved specifications for an “endorsed” high school diploma that would guarantee students automatic admission to some state colleges and universities.
September 14, 2012
Writing tests break new ground
The “nation’s report card” has moved into new territory with fully computerized writing tests for 8th-graders and 12th-graders. Results were released Friday.
August 15, 2012
Pilot boosts Advanced Placement scores
Widening the pool of students who take Advanced Placement classes pays off in academic achievement, according to the Colorado Legacy Foundation.
June 18, 2012
What do test scores predict?
Results of Colorado's annual high school exams appear to signal whether students will stick it out in college, according to a new study.
May 29, 2012
Jeb Bush sounds call for choice
School choice is essential to the reform of American education, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells a Denver audience. With audio
May 17, 2012
Literacy bill signed into law
Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the Colorado READ Act, the landmark education bill of the 2012 session.
May 7, 2012
Lobato resolution killed
Updated - A Senate committee has killed the resolution proposing the legislature intervene in the Lobato case.
May 2, 2012
Parent notice rejected again
The Senate has rejected a maneuver designed to resurrect a controversial state rule requiring parents be notified when teachers are arrested. Roundup
May 1, 2012
Testing bill passes Senate
Updated - The state Senate today voted 31-4 to pass the bill requiring the state sign-on with a multistate testing program.
April 28, 2012
State Board unconvinced on new tests
A split State Board of Education is opposing a bill that would commit Colorado to new multi-state achievement tests.
April 26, 2012
State board opposes testing bill
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted to oppose a contentious testing bill.
April 24, 2012
Literacy, ASSET vie for attention
Proposed Senate amendments to the early childhood literacy bill would give school districts more flexibility and a lot more money.
March 14, 2012
College completion bill advances
A bill intended to improve college remedial education programs has easily passed a House committee, as have two college name changes.
March 12, 2012
Literacy bill advances on 10-3 vote
The proposed Colorado Early Literacy Act, including its section on holding some third graders back, has passed the House Education Committee.
February 23, 2012
A day of much talk, little action
A chaotic day for education bills at the Colorado legislature ended with just one noteworthy bill passed and much work left over for later.
February 15, 2012
Reverse transfer bill passes Senate
Updated - The Senate Thursday gave final approval to the reverse transfer bill designed to help more students earn associate's degrees.
January 30, 2012
House Ed puts CDE on hot seat
The Department of Education has got some explaining to do to the House Education Committee about testing and educator evaluation costs.
January 17, 2012
Bill would eliminate some state tests
The bill to reduce statewide testing has been introduced, and the Department of Education finally got through its budget hearing.
January 10, 2012
Legacy Foundation scores $10.5 million
The Colorado Legacy Foundation hopes a $10.5 million grant will expand college readiness among Colorado students.
December 6, 2011
SBE hopeful but realistic on testing funds
The State Board of Education assessed the chances of getting to pay for new tests and rejected a charter school appeal at its December meeting.
November 14, 2011
State makes its waiver bid
The Colorado Department of Education has filed its formal request for waiver from parts of the No Child Left Behind law.
October 25, 2011
Testing bill gets panel approval
Budget clouds as grey as the storm clouds outside hung over a legislative study committee as it wrestled with proposed 2012 bills.
September 14, 2011
SBE crosses fingers on new tests
Updated - The State Board of Education has voted to request bids for new state tests and supported seeking a NCLB waiver.
August 30, 2011
Experts share tips on early literacy
The statistical handwriting is on the wall for the 16,000 Colorado third-graders who are functionally illiterate – if only they could read it
August 17, 2011
U.S., Colo. ACT results flat
A quarter of 2011 high school grads who took the ACT met all four college readiness benchmarks while 23 percent of Colorado grads did
August 4, 2011
SBE mulls test costs, NCLB waiver
Testing costs and the possibility of waiving out of the NCLB law sparked lively discussion among State Board of Education members.
August 3, 2011
State Board has a big day
The State Board of Education got an estimate on new test costs Wednesday and an earful about proposed teacher evaluation regulations.
July 19, 2011
U.S. geography scores disappoint
Colorado education officials hope new state social studies exams, to begin in 2014, will spark improvement
June 17, 2011
Broader review of credit recovery sought
Denver school board member Jeannie Kaplan has asked Superintendent Tom Boasberg to request an expanded state review of the district’s credit recovery programs.
June 13, 2011
Gates gives $9.7M for Colorado reforms
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $9.7 million to help Colorado school districts implement and integrate key education reforms.
June 6, 2011
What to do after high school?
The annual “Diplomas Count” report has joined the growing discussion about the value of a college degree.
May 26, 2011
Rhee pitches to supportive crowd
Education reformer Michelle Rhee brought her message of educational competitiveness, school choice and high student expectations to a friendly Denver audience Thursday.Video
April 28, 2011
Garcia highlights education priorities
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today listed three education priorities for the Hickenlooper administration – educator effectiveness, third-grade literacy and college completion.
April 18, 2011
Massey wants to trim the cut
A plan to trim K-12 cuts from $250 to $160 million could be debated next week and a bill to drop some CSAP tests is coming.
March 15, 2011
Hick, Bennet join NCLB reform push
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet Tuesday enlisted in the Obama administration’s campaign to reform the No Child Left Behind law.
March 9, 2011
Kit Carson wins SB 191 waivers
The State Board of Education has approved a groundbreaking innovation application from the Kit Carson school district.
January 26, 2011
Lawmakers zero in on testing
Legislators were mostly interested in talking about testing during the Department of Education's annual oversight hearing.
January 10, 2011
EdNews 2011 legislative preview
Many in education are hoping 2011 will be the first Colorado legislative session in three years without a “big” education reform bill.
December 6, 2010
SBE adopts framework for new state tests
State Board members approved specifications for a new testing system, including social studies, and hired a commissioner search firm.
November 29, 2010
Boards endorse social studies CSAPs
Colorado students should be tested on social studies at least three times during their K-12 careers, the state’s two top education boards proposed Monday.
September 15, 2010
New testing system starts to take shape
State Board of Education members have gotten some interesting news about "electronic" report cards and some disquieting budget news.
July 21, 2010
CDE: Colo. standards are rigorous as common core
The State Board of Education Wednesday was assured that Colorado’s content standards for language arts and math are as rigorous as the proposed national Common Core Standards in those subjects.
July 20, 2010
State board turns to common standards
The clock is ticking for the State Board of Education to decide whether to adopt the national Common Core Standards in language arts and math.
June 3, 2010
Can Colorado meet Race goals?
The state's Race to the Top application sets high goals for improving test scores, an ambition that is raising a few questions
May 7, 2010
Teacher bill gets out of House Ed
The educator evaluation and tenure bill was approved by the House Education Committee on a 7-6 vote early Friday morning.
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