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Colorado State Board of Education
June 13, 2018
Some Colorado officials wanted fourth-graders to learn about the benefits of guns. Here’s why it won’t happen
Colorado fourth-graders won’t be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the possible benefits of gun ownership as part of their unit on conflict resolution.
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.
February 17, 2018
Debora Scheffel chosen by acclamation to fill State Board of Ed vacancy
Debora Scheffel previously represented the 6th Congressional District on the board but lost that seat in 2016 to Democrat Rebecca McClellan.
back to the future
February 12, 2018
Debora Scheffel wants to fill State Board of Education vacancy ‘as a matter of service’
A former State Board of Education member whose defeat in 2016 handed control of the board to Democrats could be on her way back.
Carrots and sticks
February 8, 2018
No pizza parties, no raffle tickets: Bill would bar Colorado schools from offering rewards to test-takers
State lawmakers characterized the problem of schools dangling rewards for taking assessments as “more than one, but not widespread.”
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.
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.
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.
August 1, 2017
Colorado’s online schools might see funding upswing in coming year
The State Board of Education voted to change how Title I money is allocated for students enrolled in multi-district online schools outside their district of residence.
collaboration not confrontation
July 13, 2017
Colorado shied from taking aggressive action to fix its lowest performing schools. Will it be enough?
At the urging of state Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, the board opted for a lighter approach at a dozen schools that failed to make the grade since 2010.
May 10, 2017
State Board finalizes path for Aurora Central, HOPE Online schools
The state board voted to finalize improvement plans for Aurora Central High School and HOPE Online charter schools, giving them until 2019 to earn higher state ratings.
Looking for options
April 24, 2017
State board raised questions over plan for Pueblo schools and management partners
The Colorado Board of Education asked state officials to bring them a different plan by mid-June so they can consider it against the district's plan for three schools.
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.
March 27, 2017
Colorado poised to slash funding for controversial student health survey
Two years after a controversial student health survey sparked debate at the State Board of Education, questions about the survey's value have moved to the state legislature.
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