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Colorado Board of Education demands answers in Adams 14 rift with outside manager

A company brought in to manage the struggling Adams 14 school district under state order says its employees have been blocked from schools and prevented from doing their work for more than two weeks, prompting the Colorado State Board of Education to demand answers. While the outside operator pointed to a track record of improvement, […]

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Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver

Reluctant Colorado school districts are preparing to administer standardized tests amid uncertainty about whether the state can get any relief from federal testing requirements. Last Monday, federal education officials directed states to proceed with the administration of standardized tests, known here as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS, because the tests will help […]

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After flood of concerns, Colorado Board of Education poised to relax deadline for teacher training on reading

The Colorado State Board of Education appears poised to allow early elementary teachers a six-month extension to satisfy a new requirement for training on reading instruction. During a meeting Wednesday, most board members said they support giving teachers more time to take the training given the pressure they’re under because of the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

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State Board raises standards, making it harder for Colorado schools to earn a top rating

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado Hundreds of Colorado schools are likely to lose their top rating under changes approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, and those that still qualify likely will serve fewer students in poverty. Advocates of this change say it’s a step toward aligning Colorado’s school rating system with the realities of student […]

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District, teacher groups urge State Board not to change Colorado school ratings

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado The state’s largest teachers union and organizations that represent school boards and district leaders are mounting a united front against proposed changes to how Colorado rates its schools — even as education advocates say the current system leaves parents in the dark. At issue is what’s known as the school […]