January 2016

Douglas County School Board member urges survey of teacher time — 1/25/2016 (Douglas County News-Press)
During the Jan. 19 Douglas County School Board meeting, board member David Ray proposed a new districtwide survey that would look at how teachers’ time is being spent.

School board alters comment policy — 1/25/2016 (Douglas County News-Press)
The public will now have more opportunity to comment at Douglas County School Board meetings and will no longer need to wait until the end of the meeting to speak on non-agenda items.

Colorado school superintendents urge Legislature to fix school finance — 1/18/2016 (Douglas County News-Press)
Littleton Public Schools Superintendent Brian Ewert stood with 70 of his counterparts inside the jam-packed rotunda in the state Capitol on Jan. 11, urging legislators to untangle what Ewert calls the “Gordian knot” that is school finance in Colorado.

Switch from ACT to SAT pushed to 2017 — 1/18/2016 (Douglas County News-Press)
State officials avoided possible student panic and further controversy by delaying the switch from the ACT to the SAT for high school juniors until 2017.

PARCC test suffers from mass opt-outs — 1/11/2016 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
In Douglas County, participation rates of students in the first PARCC tests given last March veered sharply between 18 percent among the school district’s juniors to nearly 95 percent for its third-graders.

New elementary progress reports create some confusion in Douglas County — 1/6/2016
Parent Amy DeValk, who has a student at Arrowwood Elementary in Highlands Ranch, is frustrated: The new electronic report card leaves her more confused than clear about how her daughter is doing in school.