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School

Appreciating your teachers but not the "huffy" look

It’s first period and I’m teaching high schoolers. The end of class is near and I’m starting to worry if  each small group is going to get a chance to present what they’ve been working on. There’s a commotion in the hallway. An entire class of middle schoolers, many of whom I teach on a […]

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Should Colorado lower the bar for high school graduation?

Nearly two years ago, the state Board of Education approved the first-ever common set of expectations all Colorado students must meet to earn a high school diploma, starting with the class of 2021. The idea is to move beyond the mishmash of graduation requirements at 178 school districts and replace antiquated systems of counting credit […]

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Task force recommends reducing Colorado testing burden

Despite agreeing that Colorado tests its students too much, a state task force was unable to find many places to cut tests other than in high school, a reflection of both stringent federal requirements and divergent views over the value of assessments. The 15-member advisory panel, created in the last legislative session, met for the […]

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