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Assessing the Assessment: A Discussion on Testing in Colorado

For 26 years Colorado has practiced standards-based education, yet in recent years the issues of standards - specifically Common Core - and assessment have been hot topics across the state and country. Beginning in 1993, and updated 16 years later through the Colorado Academic Plan for Kids (CAP4K), Colorado developed higher expectations for all public school students in order to ensure high school graduates are prepared for the challenges of college and career. Measuring student understanding of the standards calls for aligned, end of year tests.

As implementation of the updated standards and tests began taking place in classrooms across the state, pushback erupted both in Colorado and nationally. As a result, the Colorado legislature reduced statewide testing and President Obama has called for caps on testing time.

January's Buechner Breakfast will dive into this discussion, providing an update on where things stand on testing in Colorado. Panelists will explore the recent federal re-authorization of No Child Left Behind (now called Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA) and consider how assessments may evolve as education policy and practice move forward.

Join us as we assess the assessments.

Panelists:
• Oliver Grenham, Chief Education Officer, Adams 50 School District
• Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Senate District 21 (Adams County)
• Chris Watney, President and CEO, Colorado Children's Campaign
• Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, Colorado Department of Education

Moderator: Reilly Pharo Carter, Executive Director, Climb Higher Colorado
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By: CU Denver School of Public Affairs