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For more than two decades, Colorado public school students have taken annual tests to measure how well they’ve mastered the state’s English and math...
DENVER-- Governor Bill Ritter signed SB 191, the controversial teacher assessment bill passed at the end of the session into law Thursday. The governor said the bill was the capstone of his administration's work on education policy and a model for education nationwide.
While Gov. Bill Ritter navigates the media storm set in motion by the surprise announcement that he will not run for reelection in 2010, Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien is busy wrapping up the Colorado application to win K-12 school funding through the federal Department of Education's $5 billion Race to the Top program. The program aims to reward innovative approaches to education reform. O'Brien is proposing new student performance testing and teacher evaluation, among other things. She spoke with the Colorado Independent over the holidays about the proposal and why many districts in the state have yet to sign on to the application.
Last week, the Colorado Department of Education released an outside audit of standardized testing procedures at Pueblo's Cesar Chavez Academy. In essence, the audit...
DENVER — A corps of turnaround experts who would travel from failing school to failing school, a computerized, multimedia test to replace the Colorado Student Assessment Program, and a “360 degree” evaluation for teachers mirroring business-world performance evaluations were just some of the ideas Race to the Top school reform workgroups presented Friday to Gov. Bill Ritter, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and Commissioner of Education Dwight Jones.
DENVER-- In a "state of the state" address at a Rotary Club polio benefit Thursday, Governor Ritter said natural gas and nuclear energy should be embraced as part of a clean energy portfolio, that he was "agnostic" on whether schools should be public or charter, and that he would ask voters to eliminate the budgetary constraints caused by the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights should he be elected to a second term.
On Friday came the annual start to the school season here, marked as ever by the release of the Colorado Student Assessment Program scores. And...
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