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

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

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 of PARCC state…

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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

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 cars, or were…

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Boulder and CDE are Sweeping Students Under the Rug

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 of public education.…

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Steps in the Right Direction: Aurora Public Schools Set to Increase High-Quality Options

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, Dean’s Institute for…

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What Will Tom Do (WWTD)?

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 recent memory. During…

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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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An Effective Mill Levy = Need + Plan + Evaluation + Feedback Loop

Denver has recently begun discussions regarding a new mill levy proposal that would provide an additional $50 million to the city’s schools. As in most debates, there is ample evidence on both sides of the issue of school funding: there is evidence that the money could make a big difference, and also a great deal…

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Setting the Bar for Innovation

Aurora Public Schools will be approaching the State Board of Education in May with a proposed Innovation Zone to implement next year. Five* schools in the Aurora Central High School feeder pattern will make up the zone that will be organized around a theme of global leadership. We’ve been monitoring the process closely, and provided…

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Measuring Educational Equity: Mission Accomplished or Merely Begun?

Post originally appeared in the Thomas B. Fordham Flypaper blog, republished here with slight modifications. Education Cities and Great Schools recently released a useful new educational data tool called the Education Equality Index (EEI), which allows users to compare cities and states across the nation that are “closing the achievement gap.” The tool compiles school-level…

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