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May 6, 2014 Comments off



Quick Reference List to Common Core Links


CDE Academic Standards, History and Development


Letter from Paul Lundeen, dated March 11, 2014, addressed to his colleagues on the Colorado State Board of Education



Direction 38! Common Core Forum Panelist Bios

May 5, 2014 Comments off


The Common Core Forum is scheduled at Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria for Monday 5 May, 2014 from 6:00  P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Panelists will discuss Common Core implementation in Colorado’s local school districts.



For your convenience we have posted short bios of each of our panelists.


Panelist Biographies.



COMMON CORE: A Community Roundtable Discussion

May 3, 2014 Comments off


A Community Roundtable Discussion





Monday, 5 May, 2014: 6-8 P.M.

Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria, 15280 Jessie Dr, Colorado Springs 80921.

All are welcome! Please join us for this important community discussion!

Discussion will be led by Mark Hyatt, Former Director, Charter School Institute.

See the attached flyer for more information.



One Teacher’s Point of View

August 27, 2012 Comments off

The following letter was posted by a teacher who felt so deeply about his situation that he posted a letter to the Denver Post, Your Hub, Highlands Ranch paper.

“Dear DCSD School Board and District Administrative offices,

As a former employee of Douglas County School District, I thought you might like to know my thoughts about the departure from your organization. Usually I try to be complimentary and deliberate with any exit comments to leave an open door and reciprocity in future endeavors. In this case, sadly, I know I will never work for your organization or recommend your organization to any parents, teachers, or colleagues as long as your current structure is standing.

Since Brian Cesares, HR Officer of DCSD brought my name through the mud by stating,”it’s an accountability thing and some people don’t like that.”, I felt compelled to sling it back.”

The rest of this letter can be read at this link.

Colorado joins national assessment consortium

August 22, 2012 Comments off

Colorado Department of Education

201 E. Colfax Ave.

Denver, CO 80203

                             Phone: 303-866-4247


Colorado joins national assessment consortium; sample test items unveiled

Colorado officially joined as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which is a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation tests in English language arts and mathematics. While Colorado has been working with PARCC over the past year, the decision to become a full governing member will ensure Colorado has a strong voice in creating the new tests which are slated to launch in Colorado in 2015.

To prepare for the national launch of the new, innovative assessments, PARCC just released its first set of item and task prototypes. These are designed to give educators and the public a preview of what some of the assessments items may look like. To view the item and task prototypes, visit Additional sample test items will be released over the next two years.

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Teachers Matter Direction 38! Forum # 2

August 6, 2012 Comments off

Teachers Matter  

Direction 38 Hosts Summer Forum on Teachers
Tough Questions on Funding and SB 190 Discussed in Detail

The following article from the Monument OCN is published in their August Issue.

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Direction 38 forum examines importance of teacher quality and assessment

By Kate Wetterer

“Teachers Matter,” a Direction 38! forum on July 23, focused on potential methods to recruit, vet, and maintain the highest caliber of teachers in today’s school sys­tem. This included explanations and critiques of Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 dealing with teacher assessments.

Direction 38! is a not-for-profit organization of parents, teachers, and others in School District 38. It is not affiliated with the school district.

This second installment of the 2012 Get Educated! Sum­mer Series was well attended, with current and former teach­ers involving themselves in the discussion. The speakers were Marcus A. Winters, author of the book Teachers Matter; Bill Jae­ger, former teacher and member of Stand for Children Colorado; and Mike Wetzel, director of public relations for the Colorado Education Association. Each gave a summary of their views on teacher assessment and the best ways to provide students with quality educators and then took questions from the audi­ence.

Winters emphasized the vi­tal need for capable teachers in a child’s education. He said this is complicated by the current vari­ety of teacher quality in schools. Winters suggested that schools need to consider a teacher’s “out­put” rather than their “input” when conducting assessments. He supports ranking teachers through their progress in reach­ing students and conveying material effectively rather than through degrees and experience itself, regardless of quality.

Please read the rest of this article at OCN

CDE June 13 Meeting Highlights

June 20, 2012 Comments off

News Release

State Board of Education approves innovation applications

Board also approves first S.B. 191 waiver request

The Colorado State Board of Education met this week for a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, June 13. Highlights from the meeting include:

Recognition of Outstanding Students

The State Board recognized four Colorado student teams that won Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) awards at the 2012 VEX Robotics Championship.  More than 600 student teams from 18 countries in the world competed in April. Team Critical Mass, which included students from Berthoud High School, won the Engineering Division Excellence Award for its overall robotics program excellence, the highest honor in their division and given to the most well-rounded team. Team Palladium, also from Berthoud High, won the Technology Division Build Award for its well-built robot. Team Hazardous from Loveland, took home the excellence award in the “Create” category, for its overall robotics program excellence.  Team Arkham Asylum from Altona Middle School in St. Vrain School District won the top middle school award.

Jill Hawley, associate commissioner of the Achievement and Strategy Division at CDE said CDE is eager to support and expand this type of work now that CDE has a STEM coordinator, made possible by the Race to the Top Phase 3 grant funds. STEM Coordinator Violeta Garcia is a former science educator at the PoudreLearning Center in Greeley, who helped start an after-school STEM program for girls.

The Board also recognized 2012 Colorado Presidential Scholars Cissy Chen from Fairview High School, Sophie Harrington from Boulder High School and Tong Yin from Cherry Creek High School. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 6,000 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.


In addition, the state board recognized the Colorado Youth Advisory Council for its work around teen suicide prevention, including House Joint Resolution, HJ12-1004, concerning teen suicide prevention in Colorado, which was passed by both houses and signed by the Speaker of the House on April 19, 2012 and the Speaker of the Senate on April 20, 2012.  In support of the council’s work around teen suicide prevention, CDE has approved the following professional development opportunities for Colorado educators:  Question, Persuade, Refer ; Safe TALK; and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.  More information regarding these professional development opportunities may be found on the CDE website.

Innovation Schools

A request from Falcon School District 49 to become a district of innovation was approved by the state board yesterday. The district sought an innovation zone designation for the following five schools: Vista Ridge High School, Skyview Middle School, Odyssey Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School, and Stetson Elementary School. Representatives from the district said the five schools will work as a cohesive unit and with the community to create four separate zones to collaborate and share best practices.

The state board also approved an innovation application for Falcon Middle School. For more on innovation schools, visit

Educator Effectiveness

Members from Littleton Public Schools went before the board to request a renewable four-year waiver of certain provisions of Senate Bill 191. These items include mutual consent hiring, hiring pools for teachers who have demonstrated effective teaching, and reduction in force policies. This was the board’s first S.B. 191 waiver to consider. After much discussion and lots of questions, the board voted to approve the waiver request. 

San Juan BOCES Integration Project

Helayne Jones, president and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation along with members of the San Juan BOCES, which includes nine school districts in the Southwest corner of the state, provided an update on the project. The Colorado Legacy Foundation, in partnership with CDE is working with 13 districts, including the BOCES to interconnect standards, assessments and evaluation and to deliver high quality education for all students. CDE staff work in coordinated partnership with the Legacy Foundation in these districts to provide training, supports and tools to help them seamlessly integrate the core work of these education policies. For more on this project, visit

For more on the Colorado State Board of Education, visit