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Is Colorado’s school accountability system working? Lawmakers call for an audit to find out

Is Colorado’s school accountability system working? Lawmakers call for an audit to find out

Don Haddad, superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley School District, said the current system creates bad incentives. A district with more lenient graduation requirements might come out ahead of one that requires rigorous coursework and invests in modern career and technical education.
SVVSD rebrands campus, programs at South Sunset Street to reflect expanded offerings

SVVSD rebrands campus, programs at South Sunset Street to reflect expanded offerings

The school board last week unanimously approved new names for the Career Development Center, Olde Columbine High School and St. Vrain Online Global Academy. The board also approved branding for the campus housing the programs as the Global Acceleration Campus to support promoting the programs, said Area Assistant Superintendent Dina Perfetti-Deany.
Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirements

Colorado lawmaker pushing ahead with effort to suspend state testing despite federal requirements

School boards, superintendents, and teachers unions have called for the tests to be canceled this year. They say administering the tests represents major logistical challenges, including calling back computers that students are using for remote learning, and would take away from instructional time without providing valid data.
Bill to maintain Colorado school funding passes Senate

Bill to maintain Colorado school funding passes Senate

Colorado funds its schools on a per-pupil basis, and lawmakers could have held back millions promised to schools after the October student tally recorded nearly 30,000 fewer students this year, a 3% decline.  Instead, Colorado lawmakers said they would maintain school funding in recognition that schools have incurred additional costs to educate students in a pandemic.
SVVSD Mobile Innovation Lab hitting the road to bring STEM lessons to elementary schools

SVVSD Mobile Innovation Lab hitting the road to bring STEM lessons to elementary schools

The lab visited Longmont Estates Elementary this morning and will head to Timberline PK-8 from 1 to 3 p.m. today. The stops are just two of those planned over the next three months at all of the district’s elementary schools.
This year’s state test results will be tough to make sense of, experts warn

This year’s state test results will be tough to make sense of, experts warn

This year there’s a good chance a big chunk of students will opt out of the exams, among other potential changes. Experts say that means the tests likely won’t be able to offer the kind of complete or comparable data policymakers rely on in a typical year. 
SVVSD expects staff  COVID vaccinations to be complete by spring break, after which students will return to school four days a week

SVVSD expects staff COVID vaccinations to be complete by spring break, after which students will return to school four days a week

As of Tuesday, 94% of teachers and staff had received or had the opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment. 
SVVSD students next month will return to in-peson classes four days a week

SVVSD students next month will return to in-peson classes four days a week

SVVSD on Tuesday announced to parents and teachers that students will return to in-person school four days a week beginning March 29, the first school day after spring break, which is March 22-26. 
Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

Schools must still give standardized tests this year, Biden administration says

States must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and that states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of the exams. 
Colorado bill seeks to suspend most standardized testing this year

Colorado bill seeks to suspend most standardized testing this year

Opponents of testing this year — which include many superintendents and school boards as well as the state’s largest teachers union — say that testing amid an ongoing pandemic presents numerous logistical challenges and would take away from precious instructional time, without yielding valid results. Many education advocacy groups, meanwhile, say that standardized tests could provide invaluable information for assessing learning loss and help direct resources to students who need the most help.