Accountability

Drumroll, Please: The Great Testing Debate of 2015 Nears Conclusion

This is it, my friends. We have entered the final phase of the Great Testing Debate of 2015 as the legislature speeds toward the finish line. We’ve been talking about testing since the session began back in January (and even before then), but it looks like we’re nearing the end of the discussion. While we [...]

NEA President Reminds Us That Education Policy Belongs in Legislatures, Not Courts

I don’t want to write about the teachers union today. I already did that this week, and it resulted in a whole bunch of grownups calling me and my friend Ross Izard ugly names. When I told Ross, he just laughed and said “If you’re catching flak, you’re over the target.” I don’t really know [...]

Education Goal Should Be Less Testing, Better Accountability

This legislative session’s monumental education debate has Colorado policymakers walking a dangerous tightrope. To benefit today’s K-12 students, they must promote wise policy that does not lean too far in either direction.

Yes, It’s Hard to Be Humble — for Education Reformers and for This Blog

There have been more than a few times when I’ve gloated about an awesome blog idea that came to life here. On some occasions, my Education Policy Center friends warned me not to “get a big head.” At first, I was worried they meant little Eddie might turn out like this guy. Later I figured [...]

Little Eddie’s Wednesday Triple Play: Dougco, School Choice, and Accountability

I feel like we have few distinct tracks here on Little Eddie’s edu-blog. We often talk about Jeffco and its ongoing struggles, I always love to talk about school choice in any form, and I’ve been known to get into financial issues from time to time. But what happens if—don’t freak out me here—what happens [...]

Amy Oliver Show: Where is Colorado GOP on Education Reform?

Denver Post education reporter Eric Gorski shares where he sees Colorado Republicans coming down on K-12 education issues such as testing, accountability, and teacher evaluations.

State Board Gets Even Weirder On Testing Issue

Last month, we kicked off the 2015 legislative party together. I promised it would be an exciting year, and that has certainly been the case. But I may have been wrong about where that excitement would be coming from. The legislature has its hands full when it comes to education-related issues, but the real party [...]

Amy Oliver Show: K-12 Testing, Funding Take Stage at State Capitol

Chalkbeat Colorado statehouse reporter Todd Engdahl lays out the big K-12 education debates at the Capitol — from standardized testing to school finance and student data privacy.

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.