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Last of state task force 'roundtables' on schools Nov. 13 at Early Colleges

       The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force is holding nine public “roundtable discussions” around the state, and the last one is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 13 at Colorado Springs Early Colleges, 4405 N. Chestnut St.
       The time frame will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
       A press release from task force chair Dan Snowberger states that the meetings are an opportunity “for interested stakeholders to communicate directly with task force members.”
       Established by the state Legislature, the body “is charged with studying the implications of the statewide assessment system for school districts, public schools, charter schools, educators and students and preparing a report of findings, including legislative recommendations, by January 31, 2015,” the release continues.
       The task force has 15 members, representing parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and the business community. The first of the nine discussions was Oct. 20.
       “Selected members of the task force will attend each session,” the release states. “The public is invited to attend and discuss any issues of concern.”
       However, Snowberger notes, the group is primarily seeking answers to the following questions:
       - What would an effective statewide assessment system include?
       - How could Colorado improve its assessment system? Please provide specific examples.
       - Are you familiar with the local assessments that are administered to students according to requirements of your district? If so, do you believe these assessments are valuable? Why?
       People are also invited to comment at 1202taskforcefeedback@gmail.com.

From a press release
(Posted 11/3/14; Schools: General)

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