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  • 2015 School Board Candidate Briefing Materials0

    • September 25, 2015

    The Education Policy Center has received numerous requests for the information it provided to school board candidates across Colorado this year. One of the Center’s primary goals is to educate local education leaders about important education policy issues, thereby equipping them to make smart, well-informed decisions in their school districts. As part of that effort,

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  • Colorado’s K-12 Testing Debate: What Should Stay and What Should Go?0

    • January 30, 2015

    If there is a single word that defines the 2015 K-12 education conversation in Colorado and the United States, that word is “testing.” While testing and evaluations help set critical floors for quality, smart reforms can lift students even higher.

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  • Amy Oliver Show: Mom Responds to Arne Duncan on Testing0

    • October 24, 2014

    Cheri Kiesecker, a Fort Collins mom, discusses U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent remarks and other developments related to Common Core and standardized testing.

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  • Amy Oliver Show: Breaking Down Jeffco Myths0

    • October 2, 2014

    Jefferson County Students First executive director Sheila Atwell discusses the school board’s now performance pay plan, the goals to increase student achievement, and the true story behind the highly publicized teacher sickouts and student protests.

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  • Amy Oliver Show: Can Colorado Have Testing Flexibility and Accountability?0

    • August 29, 2014

    Colorado State Board of Education chair Paul Lundeen talks about his goal to give schools and districts more flexibility in the standardized testing regime, while keeping academic results transparent and comparable and the system accountable to parents and taxpayers.

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  • Amy Oliver Show: Dougco Starts Student Testing Conversation0

    • March 6, 2014

    Kevin Larsen, president of the Douglas County school board, discusses the rationale behind his district’s push for more flexibility around state testing requirements. House Bill 1202 was proposed to give the state authority to waive certain student assessments for high-performing school districts, though the bill since has been changed to call for a study of the situation.

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