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News release - State Board reviews proposed revisions to Colorado Academic Standards

Nov. 9, 2017

State Board reviews proposed revisions to Colorado Academic Standards

Board denies SLAM charter school appeal

DENVER - The Colorado State Board of Education at its two-day November board meeting heard updates on the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) review and revision process, which is required by state law every six years.

CDE staff and standards review committee members presented proposed revisions to four of the 13 content areas: dance, comprehensive health and physical education, drama and theatre arts, and math. Next month, the board will review proposed revisions to the content areas of computer science, science, visual arts and world languages.

The public has until Monday,  Nov. 27, to comment on proposed revisions to the standards through the online feedback system. CAS review committees will use public feedback to determine additional revisions that may be needed prior to making final recommendations to the Board.

Charter school application appeal denied

The board denied an appeal of a charter school application by Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM), which hoped to open Fall 2018 in northeast Denver. The K-12 charter school’s application had been denied twice by the Denver Board of Education over what the local board said were deficiencies in its application, leading school officials to appeal to the state board. The school would have delivered a sports-integrated education, preparing students for careers in sports leadership and management. Top concerns were around how the school would set performance standards and provide a viable program for K-5 English language learners.

Education commissioner assigns district ratings

Education Commissioner Katy Anthes presented final accountability ratings for the state’s 178 school districts and BOCES. Four districts improved enough to move off the state’s accountability clock. Thirty districts received the highest rating of “Distinction” and 90 received the second-highest rating of “Accredited.” No districts had the lowest rating of “Turnaround,” and only nine districts were on “Priority Improvement.” Read the news release for more information on 2016-17 district accreditation ratings.

Colorado Graduation Guidelines feedback from business panel

The state board held a discussion of the Colorado Graduation Guidelines with a panel of business representatives, focusing on the hiring needs of businesses and industries. The panel was comprised of Steve Grandchamp from Drud Technology, Mark Russell from EDT Engineers, John Fleck from Sheet Metal Workers, Joel Pennick from JE Dunn and David Eddy from Boeing. Panelists provided feedback to the board on skills they look for in entry-level employees and expressed the need for more “soft skills” from candidates, specifically around communications skills, both verbal and written, teamwork and problem-solving. Science, technology, engineering and math skills were areas the panel felt should have higher emphasis in schools.

Safe Communities, Safe Schools research request approved

The board approved a research request from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to obtain student-level data that does not include student names or identification numbers.  AIR will use the data to evaluate the Safe Communities, Safe Schools model, which is a program developed by CU Boulder.  Researchers will share aggregate results with the schools who can then use that information to make future decisions to improve school safety.

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