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December 15, 2016
Westminster schools didn’t improve enough to dodge sanctions, state finds
The preliminary performance rating for Westminster Public Schools was made final Thursday after the state denied the district's request to raise it.
December 2, 2015
How an ambitious new program aims to fight poverty and help kids learn, one block at a time
An ambitious project modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone is unfolding within one elementary school's boundaries in the Adams 50 school district.
April 24, 2015
Adams 50 gets grant to explore Pay For Success financing
Adams County School District 50 won a $120,000 grant this month to explore the use of Pay For Success financing to expand early childhood programming.
Financing with a twist
April 1, 2015
More groups explore how Pay For Success financing can help kids
After bursting onto the national scene a few years ago, Pay For Success financing is gaining traction among Colorado school districts and early childhood organizations. Three Colorado groups are currently investigating the model as a way to improve outcomes from children and youth.
August 18, 2014
As TCAP era ends, school districts tout gains and one looks forward to new tests
Late last week the Colorado Department of Education released the latest — and last — round of student results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or…
May 6, 2014
Colorado school districts celebrate third grade reading gains, own losses
Third grade reading scores from the latest round of Colorado’s standardized tests were released today. On average, proficiency rates dropped by about 1…
Too small to fail?
March 12, 2014
State board hints at different paths forward for two very different struggling districts
The differences between two struggling school districts -- one urban and one rural but both of which face a looming deadline to dramatically improve their student outcomes or face state intervention -- are forcing state officials to grapple with how they will tailor turnaround efforts to meet divergent district needs.
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March 7, 2014
State board, struggling districts to talk turnaround efforts next week as clock runs short
The aim of these meetings, as well as other supports the state has offered the districts, is to help forestall those interventions. However, the state board is also trying to tease out what sort of ramifications these interventions would have on school districts.
December 18, 2013
Ramping up school breakfast as new law deadline approaches
School districts around Colorado are planning and piloting Breakfast After the Bell programs to comply with a new law that, starting next year, requires universal free breakfast at schools with high percentages of low-income students.
November 1, 2013
Rise & Shine: NoCo business leaders split on Amendment 66
Amendment 66 far from a sure thing, despite massive war chest. Plus: the Halloween debate as told by 40 adults who have nothing better to do; and Napolitano creates fund for DREAM students.
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