Fits & Fugues

Education can be so much more.

Bold, Ambitious, Revolutionary, Comprehensive, Sweeping, Landmark Education Reform Legislation Introduced in Colorado

…as told in the words of the media outlets and the press release from Governor Ritter’s office here in Colorado. At the time of this writing (11:15PM MST), here are the sources.

Points of encouragement (I may expand on these later)

  • Re-examination and refinement of standards; most have been around in their (relatively) current from since 1996  
  • Educators from around the state will be involved
  • “The next generation of standards-based education must take into account the fact that different students have different aspirations…” (page 6 lines 24-26)
  • “Public education must be designed to encourage and accommodate students’ exposure to and involvement in activities that develop creativity and innovation skills; critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; communication and collaboration skills; social and cultural awareness; civic engagement; initiative and self-direction; flexibility; productivity and accountability; leadership; information technology application skills; and other skills critical to the twenty-first-century workforce…” (page 7 lines 11-19)
  • “…achieving the goals outlined in this part will likely require the reallocation of state resources to meet increased needs at the state and local levels, including but not limited to significant investment in professional development for educators.” (pages 8-9, lines 24-27, 1)

Points to watch/Points of concern (I may expand on these later also)

  • Implementing model content standards for pk-13, currently we only have model content standards for grades 3-10
  • The development of a significant amount of bureaucracy to facilitate this
  • 45 references in some fashion to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education
    • 4 references to technology (3 of those with in context of information technology)
  • Assessments aligned to postsecondary and workforce readiness (PWR)
    • Scoring criteria to measure students’ level of PWR
  • Requiring “each local education provider to require each high school student, beginning in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade, to enroll in the PWR program.” (page 3, second to last paragraph) 
  • Requiring “each high school student’s final transcript to describe the student’s level of PWR based on the student’s level of performance in the PWR program and on the PWR assessment.” (page 4 end of first paragraph) 
  • Endorsements and outstanding achievement indicators on diplomas
  • Amending “college admission and remediation policies to permit students to earn qualifying credit by proficiency, not by “seat time” or course titles alone.” (bullet point on the press release page) 
  • The reactions of colleges and universities

More on this as it evolves. I’d be interested in the thoughts of others in the blogosphere related to this.

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