Accountability

Evaluation Valuation: Goals, Issues, and Questions for the Coming Year

To students like me, teachers are mythical creatures. Sure, I see them every day, but I can’t see behind the proverbial curtain. I don’t know how they judge their success or failure in different areas, how well they are serving their students as a whole, or how they communicate information about their teaching performance to [...]

Amy Oliver Show: What Do Americans Think About Standardized Tests, School Choice?

What do Americans think about standardized testing, Common Core, vouchers, and charter schools? Paul DiPerna shares insights from the Friedman Foundation’s new K-12 education national survey.

Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Starts Student Testing Conversation

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.

Amy Oliver Show: Some Denver Area Schools Keep Beating the Odds

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.

Amy Oliver Show: The Latest Colorado School Grades Are Out

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.

Amy Oliver Show: America’s Low Test Scores Endanger Prosperity

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.

Amy Oliver Show: Fighting Federal Overreach and Untangling the Knot

Marcia Neal from the State Board of Education takes on the tangled knot of Common Core standards, federal overreach, and state-level education reforms.

Forward-Thinking School Reforms Popular in DougCo

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.

Amy Oliver Show: Parents Express More Concerns about Common Core

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.

DeGrow Lauds Dougco’s Push for Higher Academic Standards

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 […]