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January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
August 18, 2017
No. 1: This Denver turnaround school had the highest math growth in Colorado
The school also had the eighth-highest growth on state English tests.
Time will tell
November 30, 2016
Is one year enough time to make a bad school better? Experts are divided.
Whether or not one year of test scores says much about a school depends on who you ask.
Failure to launch
May 17, 2016
Freeing failing schools from bureaucracy hasn’t worked as hoped. So why is Colorado still doing it?
The state's 2008 innovation law was considered an education reform policy win.
January 27, 2016
Inside McGlone Elementary, a rising Denver turnaround school with even higher hopes
“I’m really proud of everything our school has done,” principal Sara Gips Goodall said. “It’s still not enough.”
no holds barred
January 21, 2016
Aurora Central grad: ‘Stop feeling sorry’ for poor kids
Former Aurora Central student advocates for better student-teacher relationships and college prep courses.
January 12, 2016
At Aurora’s struggling schools, teachers say they don’t know how to teach state standards
Among the recommendations to fix some of Aurora's most at-risk schools: Give more planning time to teachers and rethink how English language learners are taught.
September 25, 2015
Opening a new chapter, a Denver elementary school on the rebound changes its look and feel
As part of an ongoing effort to lift student achievement, Trevista at Horace Mann in Denver is changing its look and feel as it starts a new era as an elementary school.
July 17, 2015
Chris Barbic, founding superintendent of state-run Achievement School District, to exit
Barbic’s impending departure comes at a time of transition for the district, which has an ambitious goal of turning the state’s weakest schools into its best.
Turn It Around
June 18, 2015
Why Denver Public Schools thinks “Year Zero” may be the answer to rocky turnarounds
Denver is hiring principals for its turnaround schools a year ahead of time to give them a chance to learn about schools before starting improvement efforts.
May 4, 2015
Now aiming for 200 community schools, city unveils a plan to get there
The plan offers a way for community schools predating de Blasio's efforts to benefit from the new attention and resources being devoted to the model.
The Receivers at the Gates
March 30, 2015
Budget deal gives city tight timeline to fix troubled schools before others could step in
If the mayor's “Renewal” program fails to turn around the city’s struggling schools, the chancellor might have to yield control to outside groups.
March 19, 2015
Aurora Central High students: we’re not a failing school
Three junior girls say the state should look beyond Aurora Central's test scores to see the true value of the school.
February 18, 2015
Aurora chief will propose changes for struggling Central high school
The district's goal: come up with a local solution that will better student outcomes before the state intervenes.
a second look
October 23, 2014
Two years after escaping closure, a Bronx high school works to improve
Two years after a proposal to close Alfred E. Smith CTE High School was nixed, the school's principal has worked to increase attendance rates and morale, while still facing a number of big challenges common to low-performing schools.
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