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The Outliers: The State of Colorado School Districts 2016

Welcome to The Outliers, A+ Colorado’s first annual report exploring how districts across the Centennial State are serving diverse student populations. We envision a state where every student has access to a high quality education: an education that provides students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities needed for success in the 21st century. The intent…

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A Fair Share: A New Proposal for Teacher Pay in Denver

Just over ten years ago, Denver voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase to fund a system that promised major changes to how Denver Public School teachers are paid. Under the new Professional Compensation System for Teachers, or ProComp, teachers would be paid, in part, “for getting results with their kids,” as a…

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Mapleton Public Schools: Radical Change, Modest Gains

As education reform goes, it’s a dramatic story. Small, inner-ring suburban school district lands $2.6 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant and national attention. District’s model of radical restructuring causes constructive disruption, and attracts top talent. Where does Mapleton Public Schools stand just over a decade into its “Choices for Learning” reform effort? Have…

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Denver Public Schools Progress Report: Big Gains, Big Gaps, Big Ideas.

Welcome to Denver Public Schools’ annual checkup, where A+ Colorado (formerly A+ Denver) takes an in-depth look at student achievement in our state’s largest district. Now that the Denver 2020 Strategic Plan is in place, DPS has a clear set of achievement targets against which it can be measured. This report reviews progress toward each…

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