Accountability

Colorado’s K-12 Testing Debate: What Should Stay and What Should Go?

If there is a single word that defines the 2015 K-12 education conversation in Colorado and the United States, that word is “testing.” While testing and evaluations help set critical floors for quality, smart reforms can lift students even higher.

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Board Member Talks Testing Changes

Douglas County Board of Education director Craig Richardson discusses his vision for local innovation, and shares some insights regarding the testing debate unfolding at the State Capitol.

Amy Oliver Show: Covering the New Colorado School Grades

Kristina Saccone of Colorado Succeeds talks about highlights from the new release of Colorado School Grades, which gives parents an easy-to-understand A-through-F rating of Colorado public school performance.

DeGrow Chimes In on Accountability Clock for School Reform News

A recent School Reform News article by Heather Kays on the potential state takeover of 30 schools based on a first-time Colorado accountability deadline featured remarks from the Education Policy Center: “As Colorado’s perennially weakest schools approach their day of reckoning, there are few quick fixes and no one-size-fits-all solutions,” said Ben DeGrow, senior education […]

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Regains State’s Top Education Rating

Douglas County school board president Kevin Larsen celebrates the district’s return to the state’s highest accreditation rating and discusses some of what has gone into the strong performance.

Amy Oliver Show: Mom Responds to Arne Duncan on Testing

Cheri Kiesecker, a Fort Collins mom, discusses U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent remarks and other developments related to Common Core and standardized testing.

Amy Oliver Show: Breaking Down Jeffco Myths

Jefferson County Students First executive director Sheila Atwell discusses the school board’s now performance pay plan, the goals to increase student achievement, and the true story behind the highly publicized teacher sickouts and student protests.

Russian Dolls and Education Policy: New Study Looks More Closely at Teacher Evaluations

Ever heard of a matryoshka doll? You may not have heard the name before, but I bet you’ll recognize the concept. You start with a big doll, break it open, and discover a smaller doll inside. That doll contains a still smaller doll, and inside that one is an even smaller one. You’ve got to [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Can Colorado Have Testing Flexibility and Accountability?

Colorado State Board of Education chair Paul Lundeen talks about his goal to give schools and districts more flexibility in the standardized testing regime, while keeping academic results transparent and comparable and the system accountable to parents and taxpayers.

Amy Oliver Show: Liberty Common HS Breaks State ACT Record

Liberty Common High School (LCHS) principal Bob Schaffer and senior Jesse Zuniga talk about what goes into their school this year shattering the state’s record score on the ACT test, with a 28.63 average.