Category: School Quality

DPS should put families first in tough call on school ratings

Everyone seems to agree that there’s a problem with some of this year’s elementary-school ratings in Denver. The disagreement comes over what to do about it. The Denver Public Schools uses its School Performance Framework (SPF) to rate the annual performance of all of its schools. Since DPS started using the SPF as a color-coded school scorecard in 2008, it’s…

Coffee Break: Denver Board of Education President Anne Rowe on how innovation zones are empowering schools to reach new levels of student achievement

For several months, ed reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Washington DC are successfully Reinventing America’s Schools. As a Denverite, who has worked in Denver Public Schools as well as the district’s charter sector, it’s been nice to see the Mile High…

Think you know what kids need to be prepared for college? The state thinks you do, so speak up.

Nobody knows your child better than you, so doesn’t it make sense that you should have some say in what they’re being taught in school? Yes? Well you’re in luck. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) wants to hear from you. So, tell the state what you think about the proposed revisions to our academic standards. The revisions aim to…

Not one Colorado district made the state department of education’s naughtiest list this year

We’ve got the list and you can check it twice to see which Colorado districts have been naughty or nice. With the school choice season approaching about as fast as the holiday season, families across Colorado are starting to learn about the best districts and schools to enroll their kids next year. This week the Colorado Department of Education released…

In Douglas County, it’s not about vouchers. It’s about vision.

How does this benefit me? How does this benefit my family? How does this affect my neighbors?    These are all seemingly common and innocuous questions that all voters think about when entering the polls. One might even suggest that the questions are simple—simple until you consider answering those questions from a short- or long-term perspective. Douglas County has historically…