Giving Compass’ Take:
• A new bill that was recently introduced in the Colorado General Assembly outlines the next steps for schools that continue to show poor performance. It gives them the opportunity to explain how they will improve despite not having done so in the past.
• Will other states follow suit and adopt similar bills for underperforming schools?
• Earlier reports on Colorado schools from Chalkbeat highlights the districts that are performing and those who need to improve.
Colorado’s 2009 school accountability system calls for state intervention into schools and districts that show poor performance for five years in a row.
But the law is silent about what should happen next if students still aren’t learning in the years that follow.
A bill introduced recently in the Colorado General Assembly would lay out those next steps – and give the Colorado Department of Education a greater role earlier in the process.
One of the notable changes: Schools would need to show two years of improved performance to come “off the clock.” Right now, schools only need to show improved performance for one year to restart the five-year count, even if they repeatedly drop back down into the lower rankings.
Last year was the first time that districts and schools came before the State Board of Education to explain how they would improve student learning after not being able to do so. The board has several options available under the law, including closing a school, turning it over to a charter operator, giving an outside management company full or partial control of a school, or redesigning a school as an innovation school, with more flexibility from state and district regulations.
Read the full article about Colorado schools ‘on the clock’ by Erica Meltzer at Chalkbeat.
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