These posts are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of A+ Colorado.

Report seeks better DPS data to evaluate reforms

Originally posted on DenverPost.com, Dec. 1, 2011. Copyright © Denverpost.com Read here. Written by Yesenia Robles. A new report complied by a coalition of local nonprofit groups is urging Denver Public Schools to press for better data and to evaluate reforms more closely. “There’s a challenge in terms of getting good data, and having publicly…

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Press Release: Start with the Facts: Strengthening Denver Public Schools’ Education Pipeline

News Release Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Media Contact Christine Rafanelli, Communications Director Colorado Children’s Campaign Office: (303) 620-4544, Cell: (720) 281-8175 Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Denver (303) 725-1151 DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKES STEADY GAINS IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, BUT OUTCOMES REMAIN BELOW STATE AVERAGES AND ACHIEVEMENT GAPS HAVE GROWN Start with the Facts Report Examines Student…

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Report highlights DPS progress, challenges

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Nov. 30, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org Read here. Written by Charlie Brennan. Denver Public Schools students are making some gains in achievement, but available data is insufficient to know which of the reforms adopted over the past five years are – and are not – working, according to a report released…

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News Advisory: Education Advocacy Groups to Release Report TOMORROW on Gains Made by DPS in Improving Student Achievement and Growth

    The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization committed for over 25 years to creating hope and opportunity for all of Colorado’s kids. Backed by an extensive, statewide network of dedicated child advocates and the most trusted data on child well-being, the Children’s Campaign champions policies and programs that…

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A national model and game-changer for Denver

Blog post by Van Schoales on Ed News Colorado, Oct. 24, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. View original post here. This week Denver Public Schools is rolling out “School Choice,” a new common enrollment process for all DPS schools, and a companion guide for families. It’s a bit surprising that there has not been more chatter about…

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A critique of Brill’s “Class Warfare”

Blog post by Van Schoales on EdNewsColorado, Aug. 31, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. View original post here. It’s not often I would describe a book on education reform as a page-turner, but Steven Brill’s book Class Warfare kept me engaged late into the night. I thought “Wow, someone has finally described some of the political…

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A+ Denver releases report- Denver School Performance by School Board Member Districts: Results and Trends.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Van Schoales Cell: 303.725.1151 Email: vschoales@gmail.com A+ Denver releases report- Denver School Performance by School Board Member Districts: Results and Trends. This A+ Denver report was developed in partnership with Padres Unidos, Get Smart Schools, Colorado Succeeds, Colorado League of Charter Schools and Metro Organization for People describes and shows the…

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Candidates question A+ Survey

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Oct. 4, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Read here. Written by Charlie Brennan. The A+ Denver education advocacy group has released results of a Denver Public Schools board candidate survey, but several candidates didn’t consider it a valid exercise. The lone incumbent on the Nov. 1 ballot, Arturo Jimenez, declined to respond to…

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Denver school performance through a political lens

Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, Oct. 13, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Read here. Written by Alexander Ooms. A+ Denver issued a new brief yesterday (and full disclosure – I helped crunch some of the numbers). It’s oddly not available (as of now) on their website, but it’s worth a look, so I’m posting here: SPF by…

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Opinion: Schoales taking helm at A+ Denver

Originally post on EdNewsColorado, July 5, 2011. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org. Read article here. The A+ Denver citizens committee is about to get a makeover, with longtime Denver education reformer Van Schoales taking the helm of the organization later this month. By hiring Schoales, the A+ board and its co-chairs, Terrance Carroll (former speaker of the…

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