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Colorado State Board of Education
March 11, 2015
State Board delays vote on testing waivers
The State Board of Education on Wednesday voted 4-3 to again delay consideration of requests from more than two-dozen school districts to be exempted from part of state testing.
March 3, 2015
State health department seeks separate AG opinion on student health survey
After the State Board of Education was presented with an opinion Friday stating that parents must give prior written consent for students to take the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, the state health department is seeking a second opinion.
Health survey flap
February 27, 2015
State Board told prior parent consent required for health survey
Parents have to approve their children’s participation in the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, and schools can’t merely offer the opportunity to opt out, an assistant attorney general says.
February 26, 2015
State Board turns to another touchy topic
The State Board of Education on Friday is expected to discuss the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which has come under increasing fire from some parent groups.
New tone for SBE
February 19, 2015
No cow too sacred for some State Board members
The State Board of Education has taken some surprise actions on testing in its first meetings of 2015, and there’s a new tone to some members' questions and comments.
February 18, 2015
UPDATED: State Board delays action on testing waivers
The State Board of Education voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on testing waiver requests and also voted to end penalties for districts whose test participation rates fall below required levels.
Two full days
February 17, 2015
State Board agenda packed with hot-button issues
It seems like every contentious education issue of the day has a spot on the State Board of Education’s agenda for the two-day meeting that starts Wednesday.
February 12, 2015
Dougco joins the testing waiver parade
The Douglas County Schools have filed a “just in case” request for a waiver from statewide testing with the Department of Education.
February 10, 2015
Attorney general says “no” to testing waivers
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has formally ruled that the State Board of Education does not have the legal authority to grant waivers from state tests.
SBE speaks up again
January 30, 2015
State Board endorses anti-Common Core bill
The State Board of Education Friday voted 5-2 to support a Republican-sponsored bill that would pull Colorado out of the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC testing group, reduce state assessments, and give districts more testing flexibility.
January 23, 2015
Rural Merino district first to formally seek testing waiver
The 315-student Merino School District in northeastern Colorado is the first to formally seek a waiver from some state testing, following up on an “offer”…
SBE pulls a surprise
January 8, 2015
State Board votes 4-3 to give districts waiver option on testing
A divided State Board of Education has fired the first official shot in Colorado’s 2015 testing wars, but it remains to be seen if that action is a live round or a dud.
Charter vs. districts
January 7, 2015
State Board picks new leaders, backs charter in appeals cases
The State Board of Education Wednesday picked new, bipartisan leadership and then dove into two contentious charter school appeals, siding with the charter in both cases.
New face on SBE
December 3, 2014
Former legislator named to fill State Board vacancy
Lobbyist and former Republican legislator Steve Durham has been named to fill a vacancy on the State Board of Education.
A few thoughts from SBE
November 20, 2014
State Board calls for testing cutbacks
After chewing on the issue for much of the summer and fall, the State Board of Education Thursday issued a letter calling for cutting state standardized testing to federal minimum requirements and for other changes in the assessment system.
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