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From CSAP to PARCC, here’s how Colorado’s standardized tests have changed...

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...

Let them play jazz

Teaching is science and art. The science comes in finding techniques that work for all students. The art comes in knowing when and how to apply them. Let the teachers play it by ear.

Ritter signs teacher assessment legislation into law

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.

Lt. Gov. O’Brien wrapping up application for federal education-reform funds

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.

For charter school extra credit: What’s the difference between accommodating and...

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...

School reform proposals kick off ‘Race to the Top’ in Colorado

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.

New K-12 academic standards are almost here

For the first time in 10 years, Colorado will adopt new K-12 academic standards this December. “These standards are not like the old ones,”...

Ritter touts long-term economic strategy in ‘State of the State’ address

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.

State considers replacing mandatory student exam

Goodbye, CSAP. Hello, what? That’s the question in Colorado, as the Department of Education starts work next month on replacing the current mandatory state...

Colorado Dept. of Ed. releases student scores, eyes stimulus Race to...

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...