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

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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Colorado’s PARCC Hangover: One Step Forward or Many Back?

By Van Schoales A few weeks ago, education headlines all over Colorado read “PARCC Results In.” Summarized, the articles asserted that Colorado elementary schools had shown slight improvement from 2015 to 2016, but the results were vague to say the least. And it’s true, while the Colorado State Board of Education released the second year…

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Stay Sharp Newsletter: September 2016

  September 2016 A+ Updates ICYMI: A Sharp, New Website Check out brand-new apluscolorado.org for our latest and greatest–new blog posts, data sets, and more! Meet the latest addition to the A+ Team! Courtesy of the marvelous AmeriCorps VISTA program, Samantha Grainger Shuba (Sam for short) will head up A+ communications for the next year. She…

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4 Reasons Why the State Board Vote to Keep HOPE Set a Troubling Precedent

By Liz Reetz This post was updated 9/12/2016. The State Board unanimously voted to keep the Aurora campuses of HOPE Online charter school open despite the local school board’s decision to close the schools. Recently, A+ Colorado CEO Van Schoales compared HOPE Online campuses to the Ford Pinto. For all of you who lack enthusiasm for vintage…

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2016 Rambles Issue No. 3: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Boulder and CDE are Sweeping Students Under the Rug

By Lisa Berdie When I talk about the use of data in education (and specifically school accountability) I tend to get one of two reactions– it’s seen as either a pet project, at best peripheral to, and at worst a distraction from, school improvement strategies; or that I’m a cog in an (evil) technocratic takeover…

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2016 Rambles Issue No. 3: Steps in the Right Direction: Aurora Public Schools Set to Increase High-Quality Options

By Liz Reetz Aurora Public Schools will close out this school year with big decisions impacting district improvement and access to high-quality school choices for Aurora’s kids. At this week’s meeting, the APS Board will hear proposals for four charter schools looking to serve Aurora Public Schools students: Academy of Advanced Learning, Vega Collegiate Academy,…

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2016 Rambles Issues No. 3: What Will Tom Do (WWTD)?

By Van Schoales Tom Boasberg, the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, is about to return to his position after a six-month sabbatical with his family in South America. After seven years as superintendent, he has been one of the longest serving superintendents of an urban school district with an elected school board in our country’s…

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A+ Colorado: May 2016 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends, Just a few weeks ago we let you know that A+ is now officially A+ Colorado. As we have done in Denver (and will continue to do), we can’t wait to partner, collaborate, and engage with families, educators, and community leaders in districts across the state to celebrate great work happening…

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