Category: Accountability

Colorado’s ESSA Plan—an Incomplete Pass

By Lisa Berdie As Colorado updates its accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity to rethink how it provides both accountability and transparency. Unfortunately, the ESSA State Plan falls short. David Griffith of the Fordham Institute wrote a recent blog post, Touchdown, Colorado! A school rating system that gets the basics right…

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to an American public that’s choice-friendly, but voucher-skeptical. Which makes it hard to fathom why she would choose to throw stones at a city that sits atop the school choice mountain. DeVos spoke this week at a Brookings Institute event that…

Five Reasons for Parents to Care about the State’s School-Accountability (ESSA) Plan

About the same time that this week’s deadline passed for feedback on Colorado’s school-accountability plan, the US Department Education pretty much said: don’t bother—continuing its hands-off, eyes-off, everything-off approach to implementing the new federal education law (the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA). And despite ESSA being in the news quite a bit lately, I’m sensing that it’s not exactly…

Coffee Break: Colorado Ed Reformer Mike Johnston on DeVos, DACA and His Future in the Democratic Party

By Katelyn Silva Mike Johnston was a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta, a principal for six years in Colorado, and served as a senior education advisor to President Obama. He just wrapped his tenure in the Colorado State Senate where he fought for pivotal education changes, including improved identification of students with learning disabilities, the provision of…