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Colorado State Board of Education
June 14, 2018
Colorado adopts new science standards that focus on inquiry, not memorization
The Next Generation Science Standards represent the most significant change in this set of revisions to Colorado's academic standards.
June 13, 2018
Some Colorado officials wanted fourth-graders to learn about the benefits of guns. Here’s why it won’t happen
Colorado fourth-graders won’t be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the possible benefits of gun ownership as part of their unit on conflict resolution.
Price of entry
March 16, 2018
Becoming a Colorado teacher could soon require fewer transcripts, more training on English learners
The package of changes also includes a slimmed-down teacher evaluation rubric, the first major revision to the rules under Colorado’s 2010 teacher effectiveness law.
February 17, 2018
Debora Scheffel chosen by acclamation to fill State Board of Ed vacancy
Debora Scheffel previously represented the 6th Congressional District on the board but lost that seat in 2016 to Democrat Rebecca McClellan.
back to the future
February 12, 2018
Debora Scheffel wants to fill State Board of Education vacancy ‘as a matter of service’
A former State Board of Education member whose defeat in 2016 handed control of the board to Democrats could be on her way back.
Carrots and sticks
February 8, 2018
No pizza parties, no raffle tickets: Bill would bar Colorado schools from offering rewards to test-takers
State lawmakers characterized the problem of schools dangling rewards for taking assessments as “more than one, but not widespread.”
December 13, 2017
More than 140 Colorado public schools identified for low performance in 2017 state quality ratings
There are more than 1,700 schools in Colorado, so the vast majority of the state’s students attend schools that received one of the state’s two highest ratings.
READ ACT ROUND ROBIN
October 11, 2017
Colorado State Board of Education adopts new early literacy rules for native Spanish speakers, reversing earlier decision
The new READ Act guidelines provide parents the right to request students be tested in English.
September 13, 2017
How should Colorado respond to federal concerns about its testing opt-out policy? State board members don’t agree.
The Colorado State Board of Education will vote next month on direction for whether to change the state's ESSA plan or not, and if so how.
try try again
August 14, 2017
Feds to Colorado: You must count students who opt out of standardized tests
The U.S. Department of Education told state officials that the policy is not acceptable. Colorado faces losing millions in federal funding if it doesn’t change course.
August 1, 2017
Colorado’s online schools might see funding upswing in coming year
The State Board of Education voted to change how Title I money is allocated for students enrolled in multi-district online schools outside their district of residence.
collaboration not confrontation
July 13, 2017
Colorado shied from taking aggressive action to fix its lowest performing schools. Will it be enough?
At the urging of state Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, the board opted for a lighter approach at a dozen schools that failed to make the grade since 2010.
May 10, 2017
State Board finalizes path for Aurora Central, HOPE Online schools
The state board voted to finalize improvement plans for Aurora Central High School and HOPE Online charter schools, giving them until 2019 to earn higher state ratings.
Looking for options
April 24, 2017
State board raised questions over plan for Pueblo schools and management partners
The Colorado Board of Education asked state officials to bring them a different plan by mid-June so they can consider it against the district's plan for three schools.
April 13, 2017
Vote on Colorado education plan erupts into war of words over which kids benefit
Ultimately, the board agreed to send the 145-page plan to Washington, D.C., for approval.
March 27, 2017
Colorado poised to slash funding for controversial student health survey
Two years after a controversial student health survey sparked debate at the State Board of Education, questions about the survey's value have moved to the state legislature.
March 8, 2017
How Colorado education officials have quietly helped struggling schools improve
The State Board of Education will begin a months-long process of determining what changes a dozen schools and five school districts should make to boost student learning.
March 7, 2017
The state tried to save one Colorado school before and failed. Now it is about to try again — with 12.
The ill-fated attempt to turn around Cole Middle School provides a cautionary tale as the state prepares to intervene in a bid to improve 12 schools and five districts.
January 18, 2017
State board increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals, prompting Colorado districts to rethink their role
Meeting records show that the state Board of Education is increasingly siding with charter schools on appeals that come to them for a hearing.
January 13, 2017
Diet Nope: Colorado’s large districts still keeping diet soda out of high schools
More than half of Colorado's 10 largest school districts have decided or are poised to decide not to bring back diet soda in high schools after a seven-year ban.
January 11, 2017
Democrats take control of Colorado State Board of Education, Schroeder appointed chair
It's the first time in nearly 50 years Democrats have controlled the board, but both sides are striking bipartisan tones.
the end of parcc?
December 15, 2016
Time to find new, shorter standardized tests, state board directs education department
The new tests would be used in the 2018 school year.
November 21, 2016
Democrats have won control of the State Board of Education. So now what?
The Democrats differ on issues such as the viability of Colorado’s existing academic standards and the role of charter schools in public education.
November 18, 2016
Democrats seize control of State Board of Education with narrow win in contested district
Only outstanding ballots from Douglas County - which accounts for a small piece of the district - remain to be counted.
Updated November 15, 2016
Inside the frenzied push to chase every vote in a Colorado State Board of Education race
The battle for partisan control for the State Board of Education has stretched beyond Election Day.
every vote counts
Updated November 14, 2016
Democratic challenger builds on lead over incumbent Republican in State Board of Education race
The race will hinge on outstanding ballots in Adams and Douglas counties.
summer mix tape
August 30, 2016
Ten stories you might have missed over the summer (and should read now as a new school year begins)
There is no such thing as time off from covering education.
July 7, 2016
State board pledges $1 million to bail out rural Colorado district reeling from coal industry collapse
The state Department of Education will give a $1 million emergency bailout to the 350-student South Routt School District.
June 23, 2016
Upstarts clash with establishment candidates in State Board of Education primaries
The two candidates are critical of Colorado's embrace of the Common Core State Standards and the multi-state testing consortium PARCC.
We hardly knew thee
Updated May 19, 2016
Colorado education commissioner resigns suddenly after brief stint in job
Crandall was just appointed in December.
January 4, 2016
State board appoints Richard Crandall, former Arizona lawmaker, as next education commissioner
The state's next education commissioner — considered to be a moderate Republican — will get a salary bump over his predecessor and begin work Jan. 19.
Q and A
December 15, 2015
Colorado’s pick for education commissioner on Common Core, teacher evaluations and turnaround
The State Board of Education's pick for education commissioner is a business owner and former lawmaker who lacks experience as an educator.
December 10, 2015
State board makes progress on one early childhood issue, not on another
The State Board of Education has approved an agreement with a testing company that’s intended to make use of the firm’s school readiness tool less time-consuming.
November 11, 2015
State board signs off on Colorado bid for flexibility from federal law
The State Board of Education Wednesday grudgingly voted 5-2 to approve submission of Colorado’s request for flexibility in meeting federal education laws.
October 12, 2015
New waivers from school readiness law raise concerns
More than 60 Colorado charters - and one of the state’s largest districts - have been granted exemptions from a school readiness law just as it is being rolled out.
Commissioner wish list
October 1, 2015
State board sets long wish list for new commissioner
Want to be Colorado commissioner of education? You’d better have a darned good resume.
September 10, 2015
High school students get one-year pass on social studies tests
Colorado high school students won’t have to take the statewide social studies test this year, but tests will be given in a third of elementary and middle schools.
September 9, 2015
Sheridan loses bid to upgrade state quality rating
After a months-long effort, the Sheridan school district has failed in its effort to have its state accreditation rating changed.
Making diplomas mean something
September 9, 2015
State board finally gives approval to grad guidelines
The State Board of Education Wednesday voted 6-1 to approve a revised menu of choices school districts will use to set their requirements for high school graduation.
August 12, 2015
Retooled State Board starts off in businesslike fashion
Back from its July break, the State Board of Education elected a new chair, welcomed a new member, paid tribute to an old one and held its smoothest meeting in months.
Into the fray
August 11, 2015
Rankin joining State Board “without preconceptions”
New State Board of Education member Joyce Rankin said she'll have an "open mind" when asked how she’ll approach serving on a body that’s had its share of bumps over the last several months.
August 10, 2015
State inches closer to federal approval of new testing system
Colorado’s plan to ease testing burdens for 10th graders may well get federal approval, but the state has to jump through some hoops before the change is a done deal.
SBE back to full strength
August 8, 2015
Republican Joyce Rankin named to State Board of Education
Joyce Rankin, a former teacher and principal from Carbondale, Saturday was selected to fill the vacant 3rd District seat on the State Board of Education.
A full slate
July 2, 2015
Nine Republicans vying for State Board vacancy
Nine candidates have applied for the 3rd District vacancy on the State Board of Education created when board chair Marcia Neal announced her resignation.
State Board changes
June 25, 2015
Republican candidates lining up for State Board vacancy
At least half a dozen people are interested in the State Board of Education seat being vacated by Republican Marcia Neal of Grand Junction.
talk of the town
June 11, 2015
State board members, education officials see an uncertain future after Neal’s resignation
Education leaders and state board members react to the departure of Marcia Neal, the chair of the Colorado State Board of Education.
More State Board disruption
June 11, 2015
State board chair Marcia Neal resigns, citing “dysfunction”
Marcia Neal, chair of the State Board of Education, announced her resignation Thursday morning, saying board dysfunction was one reason for her decision.
April 26, 2015
Hammond: “The system does need to change”
Colorado’s education system is facing pressures that will unavoidably lead to change, but “It needs to be thoughtful change,” says education Commissioner Robert Hammond.
Out the door
April 24, 2015
Education Commissioner Robert Hammond stepping down July 1
Colorado education commissioner Robert Hammond will retire July 1, he told the State Board of Education Friday.
Not much accomplished
April 8, 2015
A big day of delays for State Board of Education
The State Board of Education had four big issues on its agenda Wednesday, and it delayed further discussion and decisions on all of them until May.
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