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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Serving High-Need Students

By Liz Reetz Aurora has seen an increase in high need student populations. To serve its population of English Language Learners, immigrant and refugee students, and students with disabilities, APS can and should be using the funds of knowledge available throughout the Aurora community. APS can also look for examples locally and nationally of schools…

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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Exemplar New Schools

By Liz Reetz Of the eight If Not Now recommendations, this is the one that has seen the most movement. While APS did not open any new schools this year, it did lay a foundation for developing exemplar new schools. Some of the most important developments include: a district reorganization, approving new APS schools, and…

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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Rating System

By Liz Reetz The purpose of publicly available data is twofold: to inform people about the current state of affairs and to inspire improvements based on that knowledge. Families and communities should be able to access data about school quality, their student’s performance relative to other students in the district and the state, and an…

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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Community Engagement

By Liz Reetz Community engagement is a key component of effective school and district improvement. Without the support and investment of the community, change cannot take root. Aurora Public Schools has taken steps to engage the community in discussions about school improvement, particularly around the development of the innovation zone. The district, however, does need…

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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Strategic Plan

By Liz Reetz Aurora Public Schools’ strategic plan needs a thorough revision. APS 2020 is a simple plan: every student will have a plan for their future, the skills to implement their plan, and credentials that open doors. By zeroing in on workforce readiness, the plan’s measures do not adequately enumerate how improvement will happen.…

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If Not Now: 2016 Progress Report: Introduction

By Liz Reetz Last October, the If Not Now Coalition released the first comprehensive report about the state of Aurora Public Schools. The report found that, while there were bright spots in individual schools, the district by-and-large was not providing the excellent education Aurora students deserve. A year after the release of the report, and…

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A+ Colorado Urges Voters to Support Local Measures to Improve Schools

Read full statements here: Denver & Aurora


Stay Sharp Newsletter: October 2016

A+ Updates Missed out on our new website? No problem. We’ll give you a great excuse to check it out with… A BOLD NEW REPORT: Check out A Fair Share: A New Proposal for Teacher Pay in Denver, and let us know how you think teachers should be paid. Give us feedback here.  News to Share A Growth…

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Healthy Bodies Make Healthy Brains

By Sarah Kurz, LiveWell Colorado Vice President of Policy and Communications While Coloradans have much to be proud of, the reality is that we’re not as healthy as we think we are, especially our kids. Colorado’s great quality of life has attracted healthy, educated adults yet we’ve struggled to provide that same healthy environment for…

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ACT Results Show: High School Graduation ≠ College Ready

By: Peter Huidekoper, Jr. When our final ACT results were released last month, there was good news.  Chalkbeat Colorado opened its story with a Well done! Colorado is ending its run with the ACT college entrance exam on a high note. The state’s overall average composite score last year was a 20.4, the highest it’s been…

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