Kevin Larsen, president of the Douglas County school board, discusses the rationale behind his district’s push for more flexibility around state testing requirements. House Bill 1202 was proposed to give the state authority to waive certain student assessments for high-performing school districts, though the bill since has been changed to call for a study of the situation.
Tom Kaesemeyer talks about the Foundations for Great Schools’ fourth annual awards to Denver-area schools that are getting great results with challenging student populations.
Kristina Saccone from Colorado Succeeds explains how to find the latest grade for your school’s performance, and how parents can get involved to help the school improve or to choose another educational option.
Dr. Paul Peterson, director of Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, makes the case that American schools and students are lagging in performance, with potentially harmful effects for the future economy.
Marcia Neal from the State Board of Education takes on the tangled knot of Common Core standards, federal overreach, and state-level education reforms.
As Douglas County leaders continue charting the nation’s boldest course for local education innovation, political foes have taken the fight to a different front. Charges against the reform-minded school board fail in the light of truth but have the chance to catch on with many voters.
Tyler Hart of Parent Led Reform discusses Colorado’s growing anti-Common Core movement, and how to take on the challenges of withdrawing from the flawed and controversial national standards and testing.
An American Family Radio News (One News Now) report on the Douglas County Board of Education’s resolution opposing Common Core featured comments by senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow:
“Douglas County is saying that they want to strive for highest academic standards and expectations possible for their students, and the Common Core is not appropriate to [...]
Tom Kaesemeyer, executive director of the Denver-based Fox Family Foundation, talks about the latest round of monetary awards given by Foundations for Great Schools to recognize local schools that beat the odds in achieving successful results with challenging student populations.
Scott Laband of Colorado Succeeds explains how the Colorado School Grades website provides users a clear picture of school performance. With the site’s recent update based on new testing data, parents can see how their child’s current school is doing or look for new options during upcoming open enrollment periods in many Colorado school districts.