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News release - State Board directs management partner for Adams 14

May 11, 2017

State Board directs management partner for Adams 14

DENVER - The Colorado State Board of Education during its regular meeting today directed Adams 14 School District to work with an external management organization to help drive significant academic improvements for its students.

Colorado’s 2009 Accountability Act requires the board mandate specific actions to boost student academic outcomes at schools and districts with more than five consecutive years of poor performance in the state’s accountability system. Adams 14 School District and Adams City High School have both received priority improvement or turnaround ratings -- the two lowest ratings in the state’s accountability system -- for six consecutive years. 

The board directed the district to work with CDE staff and its selected management partner, Beyond Textbooks, to further define the roles and responsibilities of the partnership in a written determination to be considered at the June board meeting.

Written determination approved for Westminster Public Schools

The state board approved the final written determination directing Westminster Public Schools to partner with AdvancED and Marzano Academy to increase student academic achievement.

Recognition of student delegates and Title I distinguished schools

The board recognized Colorado’s 2016 United States Senate Youth delegates. Maia Brockbank, Denver School of the Arts, and Tennyson Brown-Wolf, The Peak School, were chosen to be among the 104 student delegates from around the country to attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The board also honored two Title I Distinguished Schools. Eads Elementary, in southeast Colorado, was awarded the Exceptional Student Performance Award. Wildflower Elementary, located in Harrison School District 2, was awarded the Closing the Achievement Gap Award. Each school received a $10,000 award.

Other actions

The board approved changes to the Kindergarten School Readiness Assessment menu. Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids requires that all children in publicly funded kindergarten programs have an individual school readiness plan informed by the State Board of Education-approved school readiness assessment.

The board also approved Naropa University's request for authorization of its Elementary Education and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement programs.