Jared Polis Foundation Education Report Fall 2002


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From 2002-2008, the Jared Polis Foundation (JPF) Education Report reached out to Colorado households, organizations and government entities semi-annually highlighting educational reform, advances and local educational issues.

The foundation decided to end the program in the fall 2008.

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Jared Polis Foundation Education Report Fall 2002

  1. 1. The Jared Polis Education Report Fall 2002 A Personal WelcomeGreetings Coloradoans! We appreciate receiving so manyresponses to our Spring 2002 Education Report survey. Thankyou! Your comments and feedback remain vital to the contentand distribution of the Reports. In this issue, we included ourpopular legislation updates and a new, expanded “Innovationsin Education” section. For education information and surveyresults, please visit our website www.jaredpolisfoundation.org.Member At Large, State Board of Education UID000“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparentlyordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem isnot in identifying winners: it is in making winners out ofordinary people.” -K. Patricia Cross Compliments of the Jared Polis Foundation
  2. 2. FEDERAL EDUCATION LEGISLATION UPDATEIn the last Education Report, we provided “highly qualified” by the 2005-2006 schoolinformation about the new federal education year, how to determine the Adequate Yearlylegislation, the “No Child Left Behind Act.” As Progress of our schools and different sub-we reported, this bill will give Colorado new groups of students, and how to ensure ourfederal resources and greater spending flex- schools are safe and healthy places to learn.ibility in exchange for increased accountabilityand improved student achievement. The Colorado Department of Education is currently developing a process by whichThe Colorado Department of Education has working groups of individuals across the statesubmitted the preliminary state plan for Colo- can provide feedback on key issues involvedrado. This plan can be viewed on the Internet with the federal plan.at: www.jaredpolisfoundation.org/plan. Overthe next year, our state will be working to For more information about Colorado’s stateimprove the preliminary plan and tackle tough plan, please contact the Colorado Departmentissues such as how to get all our teachers of Education at 303-866-6806. First Year Accreditation Results ReportedThe Colorado Department of Education success of the schools. The purpose of thereviewed all of Colorado’s 178 school accreditation rules are to:districts this past year. The State Board of • Make sure that schools are teaching allEducation granted “accreditation” to all of subject areas and meeting the needs ofthem, and only one school district was put all students;on “accreditation watch” this year. • Provide a process for the State BoardAccreditation means the district is meeting of Education to fulfill its constitutionalstate laws and making progress towards responsibility for the general supervisionhelping each student learn every year. Visit of Colorado’s public schools;our website (www.jaredpolisfoundation.org/ • Encourage excellence by assessingaccreditation) for a list of the performance student performance in relation to stateindicators that determine accreditation. standards and assessments;Accredited districts have a six-year contract • Help all Colorado schools and schoolwith the state that is reviewed annually. districts improve academic achievementUnlike the Student Accountability Reports and provide students with a safe and(SARs) that are sent to parents every fall, civil learning environment;the accreditation process uses more than just • Ensure equal access to educationalCSAP scores to monitor schools and school opportunities for every student in thedistrict achievement. The accreditation state;process seeks to look at the whole picture • Support local efforts to reform andwithin a district to determine the health and restructure public education; • Promote high standards, equal access, and educational opportunities for all students’ academic growth; and • Develop and maintain a school and community partnership for the ongoing improvement of public education.
  3. 3. Innovations In Education Schools, corporations, and individuals around Colorado are creating exciting programs to help students achieve. Read on to learn about the latest innovations!CO Reading Link: Receives Lightspan scored proficient or advanced, with none“Academic Excellence Award.” falling into the unsatisfactory category.Check out the “Reading Tips for Parents” Congratulations to the students and staff atlink developed by the Colorado State Cesar Chavez for their excellent achievement.Library. You can visit the site at: If you’d like to find out more about thewww.jaredpolisfoundation.org/readingtips. school, you can visit their web site atThe link provides reading tips for kids 0-6 www.cesarchavezacademy.org.years of age, and is available in English andSpanish. IBM Colorado E-Mentor Program: Three hundred and twenty IBM employeesLegacy 2000: A rigorous academic program teamed up with Colorado fourth and fifthfor students who have a strong interest in grade students this past school year toscience, math, and technology. promote math, science, and technology.Legacy 2000 is a four-year academic program IBM also supplements the mentorshipat Legacy High School in Broomfield. The program by providing classroom computers.program’s mission is to prepare students to Nearly 71 schools were included in thisenter college with better understanding of year’s program, reaching 3,200 students.their future careers and plans for achieving Thanks, IBM!the necessary training. Legacy 2000 seniors For more information about the IBMwill be working in an internship capacity Colorado E-Mentor Program, contact Danwith various companies and individuals in Willis, 6300 Diagonal Highway, Boulder,the community. Students involved in Legacy CO 80301.2000 are also expected to share ideas throughwritten, oral, and technological presentations.Contact Kevin Hammerly at 720-972-6700or Kevin.Hammerly@adams12.org for moreinformation.Eagle County “TAP”:The Eagle School District is in theprocess of implementing the Milken FamilyFoundation’s Teacher Advancement Pro-gram (TAP), which applies merit-based payincreases to teachers. This program seeks toprovide students with high-caliber teachersby focusing on professional developmentand creating “master teacher” and “mentorteacher” pay levels.For more information about the TAP ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONprogram, please visit the web site at The focus of the Jared Polis Foundation is to reach by adding two new buses in January 2003.www.mff.org. promote technology, community, and education in Technology for All - Colorado has refurbished and Colorado. The Foundation currently supports three redeployed over 1500 donated computers sinceCesar Chavez Charter School: major programs. The Education Station offers the June 2000 for education and training in under-Attaining Excellence in Education latest technology on a traveling school bus, where served neighborhoods. In addition, the FoundationThe Cesar Chavez Charter School in the students learn a standards-based curriculum. To funds the Jared Polis Education Report to keepPueblo 60 District received outstanding date, we have reached thousands of K-12 students citizens informed about what is happening inscores on its 3rd grade CSAP reading in Colorado, with the intentions of tripling our out- Colorado’s K-12 education environment.scores. Eighty-five percent of the students
  4. 4. Legislative Round-UpThe 2002 legislative session passed several • Summer School Grant Program: Providesbills that affected education. Despite the $500,000 to fund a grant program forstate budget shortfall, education funding facility schools to provide summer school.was largely protected, thanks to Amend-ment 23. However, because of continued Accountability for Alternative Schoolsbudget shortfalls into late May, Governor (Senator Anderson)Owens ordered a round of spending cuts. Mandates that the State Board of EducationThose cuts affected state library programs establish criteria that allow alternativeand eliminated $1.7 million in professional schools to receive an Academic Performancedevelopment monies for teachers. Rating, or exempt them from needing one.Below is a synopsis of the major legislative CSAP Assessment Diagnostic Resultsitems that became law this year: (Senator Matsunaka)School Finance Bill Highlights Requires the Department of Education to(Representative King/Senator Thiebaut) ensure that CSAP tests are designed toHighlights: generate results that may be used as • Funding: Increases statewide base problem-solving tools to improve student funding per pupil to $4,441. performance. Also requires that the CSAP task force recommendations be included in • Increased Enrollment: Provides the final legislative report. increased funding for districts with rapidly increasing enrollments. Assessments of Students Whose • Online Programs: Allows state funding Dominant Language Is Not English for up to 135 new pupils per year. New (Senator Pascoe) pupils are those who were not enrolled Requires the Department of Education to in a public school on October 1st of the establish one instrument for districts to use previous year. in assessing the English Language Test. Also requires the addition of a 3rd grade • Online Study: Provides $20,000 for Spanish writing assessment, if money a study of online programs. Outlines becomes available. standards for the study. • Preschool Program: Adds 1,000 new Family Literacy Grant Program slots with 500 of those slots to be (Representative Coleman) allocated to full-day kindergarten ($2.9 Establishes a program to make grants to million). This raises the number of organizations that provide family literacy preschool slots to 11,050 for the services. Program shall be funded by gifts, 2002-2003 school year. grants, and donations. • Academic Growth Pilot: Creates a pilot Principal Licensure Program program to determine individual stu- (Senator Evans) dents’ growth measures. The program Requires the Colorado Commission on is voluntary until 2005-2006, after Higher Education and the State Board of which all districts must participate. Education to establish requirements for The State Board of Education is to principal training programs on or before establish categories for determining July 1, 2003. Requires that these programs academic growth. be reviewed and that performance-based • School Breakfast Program: Gives professional standards be adopted. $500,000 for a School Breakfast Program for low and unsatisfactory schools. Visit www.jaredpolisfoundation.org for more info.
  5. 5. “Technology for All - Colorado [hasprovided a] timely catalyst to boost themomentum for developing andgrowing our YouthTech inner-citytechnology center. Technology for All -Colorado brought cutting-edge trainingtools to YouthTech.” Brian Barhaugh Executive Director, Youthbiz - Denver www.jaredpolisfoundation.org “Clearly, programs like the Education Station help bring advanced computer training to students that might not have the chance to experience it.” Pat White Librarian, Ashley Elementary School