School Performance

DeGrow Comments on Denver Charter School Network Success

Quoted in an article for School Reform News, an Education Policy Center expert commented on a 2012 Donnell-Kay Foundation study identifying success among Denver charter schools.

Denver Foundations Reward Local Schools that Beat the Odds

Tom Kaesemeyer, executive director of the Denver-based Fox Family Foundation, discusses the local cooperative initiative Foundations for Great Schools, which in January announced $500,000 in grant awards to more than a dozen Denver-area district and charter schools successfully serving large numbers of low-income students. Kaesemeyer highlights the genesis of the initiative, some of the key school success factors considered, and future plans to continue the program.

Colorado’s NCLB Waiver Won’t Mean Much without Deeper Reforms

Last week news broke that Colorado was one of 10 states to receive U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act. It’s really hard to say the impact the waiver will have in schools and district offices, but to the extent it enhances focus on genuine improvement rather than bureaucratic compliance Colorado students will be truly blessed. If we really want to shake things up and make a powerful impact, our state’s policy makers and other education leaders should pay heed to the growing number of substantial voices demanding that education dollars follow the child.

Tearing Down International Education Myths

Dr. William Moloney, former Colorado education commissioner and author of the Centennial Institute’s new issue brief “Much Better Schools on Much Lower Budgets,” demolishes most of the chief myths used to excuse the United States’ underwhelming performance on international student testing comparisons. He argues that American K-12 learning productivity has plenty of room for improvement.

CSAP Scores Get Little Attention, But Call For Expanding School Reform Approach

Yesterday morning the Colorado Department of Education unveiled the latest CSAP (state assessment) results. It’s hard to believe: in the past these events attracted a lot of fanfare. But for the most recent announcement, I missed the brass band and confetti. Maybe because there wasn’t any.
And that doesn’t take into account the fact the release [...]

Typology of Colorado Charter Schools

Senior Fellow Krista Kafer joins Pam Benigno to discuss a Colorado Department of Education study titled A Typology of Colorado Charter Schools 2009 http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdechart/download/typologyreport_012709.pdf and the updated version of an Independence Institute paper titled A Chronology of School Choice in the U.S. http://www.i2i.org/files/pdf/IP_3_2007_revised_April_2009.pdf

Parents Should Not Lose Easy Access to School Report Cards

Education Policy Center Director Pam Benigno discusses the latest from this week in Colorado education. State lawmakers are threatening to end the requirement that printed copies of the School Accountability Report (SAR) be delivered to parents. Poorer families without computer access will be most affected, since they often rely on the information to help find safer, better-performing schools for their children.

Bad News for Families: State Cuts Printed School Report Cards

Yesterday the Joint Budget Committee cut the printing of next year’s School Accountability Reports (SAR). Also, a bill going through the legislature that will make major changes to Colorado’s accountability system does not include printing of the new reports. Not sending home a SAR (aka school report card) keeps parents in the dark about a school’s student performance. [...]

Assessing Colorado Rural Public School Performance

How do Colorado’s rural school districts stack up in the area of academic performance? Research associate Paul Mueller joins Education Policy Center director Pam Benigno to discuss his new Issue Backgrounder Assessing Colorado Rural Public School Performance. Two school districts in particular are highlighted as examples of “beating the odds” when it comes to effectively educating a high-minority or high-poverty student population.

Assessing Colorado Rural Public School Performance

Author Paul Mueller analyzes performance data from the School Accountability Reports for all 86 rural Colorado school districts, and compared them to demographic factors traditionally associated with lower achievement. Two school districts – Sargent and La Veta – are cited as examples of “beating the odds” with effective instruction despite a high-poverty or high-minority student population.