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News Release - State board gets an update on the new state assessments

September 11, 2013
News Release

State board gets an update on the new state assessments
Board also hears progress report on S.B. 191 pilots

The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting today. Highlights from the meeting include:

Staff provided information on the new state assessments, now named Colorado Measures of Academic Success.  The Colorado-developed science and social studies assessments will be administered in the spring of 2014 at the elementary and middle school levels while the PARCC-developed English language arts and mathematics assessments will be given in 2015. The presentation covered progress in the development of the new assessments, including test windows, field testing and critical milestones.

Educator Effectiveness
Staff updated the board on the progress and lessons learned from the S.B. 191 educator effectiveness pilots.  The pilots have completed their second year of piloting the principal system and the first year of piloting the teacher system. For more information on the pilots, visit

Educator Induction Programs
Staff provided an overview of educator induction programs, the state’s role in approving induction programs, what they entail and how they benefit both educators and the students they serve. Guests from Peak to Peak Charter School and Cherry Creek STAR Mentor Program gave provider perspectives. To view the presentation, click here

Rulemaking Hearing
The state board approved a notice of rulemaking regarding the rules for a Native American language and culture instructor authorization.

Other Action
The board voted to approve the recommended list of alternative education campuses for the 2013-14 school year. To view the presentation, click here

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its next meeting in October at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.


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