Category Archives: District Performance

Denver’s 2012 SPF: Watch the Spin

Denver Public Schools has released its 2012 School Performance Framework (SPF) (although it’s not yet on the website). There is a lot of data, but I find there is a useful shorthand to compare progress. For when you look at … Continue reading

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DougCo Teacher Exodus

DougCo, exhibit 1 on how a district can posture to alienate the local union and have little to show for it, is seeing a teacher exodus with the Onion-esque delicious detail of teachers named Hire who decide to quit: Brian Hire … Continue reading

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Our obsession with growth

The move towards increased accountability coupled with the creation and collection of new data mean K-12 education is constantly sorting through a variety of metrics to better understand what is working and what is not.  But the layers of additional … Continue reading

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Loco control

Defeat often begets a scapegoat.  In the wake of the twice-short Colorado application to R2T, this has now solidified: the judges were “perplexed by local control” which led to a lack of objectivity. This is a familiar refrain — them pointy-headed … Continue reading

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R2T: 2, Colo: 0

I confess my interest and knowledge on Race to the Top is at some small distance: I did not follow the nuances closely, believing (correctly) that the Colorado bid was in good hands, and (incorrectly) that the hard work of … Continue reading

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CSAP (in advance)

Students across Colorado finished their CSAP exams last week; results will not be distributed until late summer. Of course, most articles about the CSAPs are written after the results are public, where most people dissect the numbers and look for … Continue reading

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Kansas City’s second act

The budget rumbles begin, but the story in KC has a lot more context.  To start, from the Wall Street Journal (or try the NYT): The Kansas City Missouri School Board voted Wednesday night to shutter nearly half of its schools in an … Continue reading

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