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Colorado Department of Education
March 14, 2019
Concerned about reading instruction, state cracks down on teacher prep programs, starting with Colorado’s largest
The reading courses at Colorado’s largest educator preparation program don’t match up with research on literacy instruction, and many of the professors have philosophies that…
October 16, 2018
In Colorado’s high-poverty schools, many teachers are just starting their careers
The percentage of Colorado’s teachers in their first or second year in the classroom is among the highest in the nation. That has consequences for students and teachers.
Boost for charters
October 9, 2018
Colorado gets $55 million to support charter school expansion
The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help charter schools with start-up costs and trainings.
blue ribbon schools
October 1, 2018
These five Colorado schools won the nation’s top education honor
The U.S. Department of Education recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Highs and lows
August 27, 2018
Some Colorado schools brace for state intervention, while others cheer their progress
The next few years will serve as an ongoing test of how well this system of carrots and sticks works to help long-struggling districts.
right to know
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 16, 2018
Colorado students show gains in literacy on 2018 state tests, but disparities remain
In literacy, 44.5 percent of students in grades three through eight statewide met expectations. In math, 34.1 percent did.
August 6, 2018
State investigation: Denver violated federal rules, delayed services to students with disabilities
The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed on behalf of several Denver students.
April 27, 2018
Colorado teachers: We like our schools, but we’ve got some issues
The good: Teachers like their schools and think they're good for kids. Not so good: Not enough hours in the day.
Rocky Mountain Turnaround
March 30, 2018
How a Colorado school district turned things around at 10,000 feet above sea level
While many of the improvement strategies used by this Colorado rural school district are familiar, they’ve been retrofitted to meet the district's needs.
Price of entry
March 16, 2018
Becoming a Colorado teacher could soon require fewer transcripts, more training on English learners
The package of changes also includes a slimmed-down teacher evaluation rubric, the first major revision to the rules under Colorado’s 2010 teacher effectiveness law.
March 15, 2018
Slow progress, many challenges: How Colorado schools on improvement plans are doing
Only some of the schools, including Adams City High School, must show improvement this year.
January 18, 2018
Denver students taking longer to graduate, even as other districts report improvements
The Aurora and Westminster school districts are among those that posted some gains, while Denver Public Schools saw a decrease in the on-time graduation rate.
year in review
December 20, 2017
Colorado stepped in to save its lowest-performing schools in 2017. Whether it will work may not be answered in 2018.
The state board is expected to get a status update on how the schools are performing early next year.
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.
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