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Colorado Aims to Improve Education Via Assessment and Accountability Systems

Deltek Principal Analyst Brian Coyle reports.

A few months back, President Obama announced a plan to offer greater flexibility from federal education mandates in exchange for a strong commitment to core reforms that boost student achievement. After the announcement, 11 states formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education requests for waivers from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

As part of their plans, the 11 states will:
· Set performance targets to graduate students from high school ready for college and career
· Design locally-tailored interventions for schools
· Be free to measure school progress using multiple measures
· Have more flexibility in how they spend Title 1 dollars.
In this installment, GovWin would like to focus on Colorado, and discuss its plans to:
1) implement college and career ready standards
2) develop rigorous accountability systems that include a focus on low-performing schools and schools with persistent achievement gaps; and 3) create better systems for developing, supporting and evaluating principals and teachers.
In its request, Colorado mentioned a few IT-specific initiatives, including a plan to develop and administer annual, statewide, aligned, high-quality assessments that measure student growth (IT Project A), and an accountability system to improve overall performance (IT Project B).
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