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Colorado State Board of Education
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.
October 31, 2014
School board testing discontent rumbles louder as more districts ask for waivers
Two more Colorado school boards have passed resolutions requesting waivers from state testing requirements, even though federal law bars such exemptions.
SBE races get interesting
October 22, 2014
Reformers, unions spending big on Democratic State Board candidates
A political committee affiliated with Democrats for Education Reform has spent nearly $126,866 in two State Board of Education races where teachers unions also are supporting Democrats.
October 14, 2014
An education voter’s guide to the 2014 election
The future direction of state education policy, a proposed "six tax" for school funding, district construction and operating budgets and seats on two education boards are all at stake in Colorado's 2014 election.
February 12, 2014
Supporters of bill that would delay new standards, test make pitch to state board
Since August, a small but consistent group has voiced their frustration with Colorado's participation with both the standards and the tests, but Wednesday's gathering was the largest yet. Public comment at the state board's monthly meetings are usually a pro forma affair, but the back-and-forth on the standards ran for more than two hours.
November 13, 2013
State board to hear options for turnaround schools as ‘clock’ runs short for two
For the first time, the State Board of Education is hearing specific recommendations about its legal options and mandates when a school district is deemed failing for five years.
May 16, 2013
Data fears aired before State Board
The State Board of Education Thursday heard sharply contrasting views about the brave new world of student data systems.
May 15, 2013
Board pushes ahead on grad guidelines
The State Board of Education has adopted high school graduation guidelines that leave a lot of questions unanswered.
March 12, 2013
Mapleton loses rating appeal
The State Board of Education has denied the first-ever district appeal of a state quality rating, leaving the Mapleton schools in the second-lowest category.
November 10, 2011
Thursday Churn: Testing preview
The State Board of Education today gets a closer look at what may ultimately replace the CSAP tests.
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