The Denver Post | December 18, 2018
Nearly a decade ago, our state laid a new foundation for evaluating the success of K-12 schools – a model that has since been replicated across the country. Rather than just judge a school based on its overall proficiency rates on test scores, the Colorado Growth Model took a much-needed step to measure a student’s academic growth from year to year. This assured that schools in Colorado were recognized for the extent to which their students progressed from one grade level to the next and guaranteed growth was part of the formula used to compare schools and districts. By combining measures of academic growth and achievement, Colorado provides every school with a rating. This system provides some information that helps families better understand school test score performance and make more informed choices about where to enroll their children. Read more
Knowledge Works | October 10, 2018
Brad Ray has been an educator since 1993, but he cites a revelation he experienced as a parent as a big motivator for how he thinks about teaching and learning.
“I have three kids of my own, and two sons who are eighteen months apart,” says Ray, superintendent of Garfield School District 16 in Parachute, Colorado. “They have the same parents, the same environment, the same rules, but they’re very different. I’ve always struggled with the question, why do we give students the same thing just because they’re 10? You differentiate within a classroom, but why not differentiate expectations at any given time in a student’s life?” Read more
Education Week | October 11, 2018
Few educators are fans of fill-in-the-bubble standardized tests that don’t yield results until after students leave the classroom.
But when states had a chance to try out richer forms of assessment under a new pilot program established by the Every Student Succeeds Act, all but two demurred, in part because the pilot comes with tough technical requirements and no extra federal funding. Read more
An Interview with Samantha Olson of the Colorado Education Initiative
CRPE | September 18, 2018
Samantha Olson is the Vice President of Strategy for the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), which supports districts and schools in personalized learning and systems change. CEI was part of the Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools initiative, the subject of a recent CRPE report. Olson spoke to CRPE’s Sean Gill about CEI’s work. Read more
Sky-Hi News | May 22, 2018
The East Grand School District announced last week that Fraser Valley Elementary has been named a 2018 Healthy School Champion, and winner of the $7,500 Platinum Governor’s Award designating this year’s healthiest school in Colorado. Read more
Golden Transcript | April 24, 2018
Shelton Elementary School was named a 2018 Healthy School Champion and received the $500 Excellence Award. The award honors schools and districts for creating and supporting healthy schools, and for implementing effective school health efforts that support student learning.
“For the past three years, we have made a very concerted effort to improve our overall health and wellness environment,” Shelton Principal Karen Brown said in a statement. Read more
By Katie Langford, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel | April 15, 2018
For West Middle School science teacher Heidi Ragsdale, watching dozens of girls collaborate and work on science, technology, engineering and math projects is a dream years in the making.
Ragsdale spearheaded the first-ever Girls in STEM conference that captivated 55 girls for eight hours on Saturday. Read more
Valley Courier | April 12, 2018
Mountain Valley School District is proud to announce it is a 2018 Healthy School Champion and has won the $2,500 Silver Award for its school health efforts. As one of 47 champions named as a 2018 Healthy School Champion, the school’s work will be honored through the annual recognition program that awards schools and school districts for creating and supporting a healthy school environment and successfully implementing effective school health efforts that support student learning. Read more