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Westminster Public Schools
out of the woods
August 27, 2018
With test scores nudging up, Westminster escapes state’s watchlist
Preliminary state ratings showed Westminster has made enough improvement to come off the clock.
August 24, 2018
Higher teacher pay and more school safety are up for a vote with November tax requests
Voters will have to decide on a statewide tax proposal, and in several communities, also on local measures.
August 16, 2018
Test results can spell relief or gloom for state’s lowest performing schools and districts
Adams 14, Westminster and Aguilar school districts, along with some schools, must see test improvements soon.
July 19, 2018
There are lots of ways schools teach English learners. Here’s how it works.
Many school districts have been, or are under, federal orders to improve education for English learners.
April 17, 2018
Westminster’s model part of dispute with federal investigators in education of students learning English
Westminster schools may have failed to identify scores of students needing help learning English, and also neglected to effectively teach many of those students, according…
March 26, 2018
Westminster district signs agreement to better serve students learning English
The U.S. Department of Justice said the agreement was reached to resolve the district's "noncompliance."
March 14, 2018
Westminster school will reopen as a Marzano lab school ‘to take on problems we haven’t solved yet’
The idea for the school was part of Westminster's state improvement plan.
March 8, 2018
Three years in, an ambitious experiment to improve the odds for kids at one elementary school is scaling back
After three years, an ambitious project meant to change the trajectories of young children at one high-poverty elementary school is scaling back.
March 2, 2018
A parent engagement program in Westminster is helping families understand the district’s model
The program, started last year, is running out of current grant funding this summer.
How I Teach
February 27, 2018
Meet the only speech-language pathologist in Colorado’s Teacher Cabinet
A school speech-language pathologist talks about the movie that inspired his career choice and how he connected with a student who, at first, barely looked at him.
No time to play
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.
September 14, 2017
Westminster district will give bonuses if state ratings rise, teachers wonder whether performance pay system is coming
Teachers and employees in Westminster may earn a bonus next year if they help their schools and the district improve state ratings.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
On Close watch
August 17, 2017
State’s lowest performing schools and districts taking hard look at this year’s test data
School districts and schools that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock and are now on state improvement plans had mixed performance on state tests.
May 11, 2017
Westminster’s plan to improve schools gets narrow board approval
The 4-3 vote followed months of negotiations and appeals between the 10,000-student district and the state.
May 4, 2017
State Board of Education presses for more clarity on Westminster’s improvement plan
The Colorado Board of Education on Thursday directed Westminster to further clarify how two companies will work with the district.
reasons vs. excuses
April 24, 2017
Westminster schools loses on appeal seeking higher performance rating
The state Board of Education on Monday denied an appeal by Westminster Public Schools seeking a higher performance rating.
the fix is in
April 20, 2017
How the state plans to deal with the struggling Westminster Public Schools
Documents reveal the state's plan to deal with Westminster Public Schools, a low-performing district that ran out of time on Colorado's accountability clock.
February 16, 2017
Silence, empty seats and solidarity in Colorado schools for a “Day Without Immigrants”
Attendance was down at many schools across Colorado as communities took part in a nationwide protest called a “Day Without Immigrants” Thursday.
a second look
January 3, 2017
Two Colorado districts plan to ask state board to up their quality ratings to stave off sanctions
Aurora and Westminster public schools were the only districts that filed the necessary paperwork by Tuesday.
Upon further review
December 15, 2016
Westminster schools didn’t improve enough to dodge sanctions, state finds
The preliminary performance rating for Westminster Public Schools was made final Thursday after the state denied the district's request to raise it.
A unique approach
December 5, 2016
Is Westminster Public Schools’ investment in competency-based learning paying off?
Westminster Public Schools started implementing competency based learning seven years ago, but the work isn't done yet.
October 14, 2016
Can Westminster’s different approach to learning get a fair shot under Colorado’s accountability system?
Westminster Public Schools' competency based model is working, but Colorado's accountability system is not good at showing it, district leaders say.
September 12, 2016
One Colorado school district’s closely watched experiment in financing full-day preschool
One metro Denver school district is piloting a finance experiment that could bust the conventional wisdom that offering free full-day preschool is nearly impossible.
September 2, 2016
For Colorado schools on verge of state intervention, PARCC scores provide first clues of promise or peril
While it's still to early to tell, the latest round of data from the Colorado Department of Education offers schools the first clue about their fate.
Saving Scott Carpenter
July 28, 2016
Inside one Colorado middle school’s last-ditch effort to save itself by raising scores without test prep
The inner-suburban school, which educates mostly Latino and poor students, is on the state’s academic watchlist for chronic poor performance that has run out of time.
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