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Outliers 2020

A+ Colorado’s signature Outliers report is a compendia of which districts are beating the odds in terms of student outcomes, and which districts are behind the curve across many different metrics. It provides the state of the State for education. Historically, A+ Colorado has looked across Colorado’s 179 school districts to try and answer the…

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Colorado School Districts: Initial Response to COVID-19

With the rapid closures of schools following the COVID-19 pandemic, the dissemination of information was chaotic and, at times, unavailable. Additionally, as families began to understand the closures would continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year,  these same problems persisted. In late May, A+ Colorado reviewed the website of 56 districts with the…

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A+ Colorado and ERN: Memo on Online Education Providers

Educators globally are navigating an unprecedented situation of delivering academic and nonacademic content to students remotely. Distance learning is not new, but the scale is vast and all communities are confronting how to effectively support students. In this context, it is not surprising that Colorado educators and districts may be turning toward current online education…

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Denver’s Next Journey: Charters, Innovation Schools, and School Budgeting

A+ Colorado concludes the Denver’s Next Journey series with Charters, Innovation Schools, and School Budgeting, the 6th report covering a retrospective on the proliferation of school governance types including traditional public schools, magnet programs, charter schools, and innovation schools and zones. The report addresses common conceptions about the different governance models, and includes a detailed…

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