State education board to vote on English assessment |

State education board to vote on English assessment

Colorado’s Board of Education decided at its meeting earlier this month, Feb. 10-11, to delay a final decision on proposed changes to the READ Act focused on literacy for kindergarten through third grade until its March meeting.

The READ Act — a 2012 law that required all students to be tested in English based on rules adopted by the school board in 2013 — now has revised rules proposed. The attorney general ruled that students who receive literacy instruction in both English and Spanish may be assessed in either language for determining reading deficiencies.

Some school board members want to ensure, however, that students who are learning in both English and Spanish (bilingual or dual-language programs) are being tested in both languages to determine their grade-level reading competency. Denver Public Schools’ acting superintendent, Susana Cordova, spoke in opposition of the proposal requiring English language learners to annually take a reading test in English.

Board members will continue discussion and considerations of the proposal and vote on the revised READ Act rules on March 9-10.

Read Across America Day

The Summit School District will be marking the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day on Wednesday, March 2, with a variety of activities to celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Summit Middle School will being paying particular attention to the event, with all teachers receiving a “The Cat in the Hat” hats to wear and classrooms focusing on reading in fun and creative ways.

Middle School History Day

Summit Middle School is in the process of sign-up for volunteers to help judge National History Day projects on Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m.-noon.

Interested individuals do not need a history or social studies background — just a willingness to give his or her time. Middle school staff is happy to train those wishing to volunteer and would love the help.

Listed benefits to volunteering include assisting with stimulating intellectual pursuit, great community service, helping kids out and also free breakfast. Please contact American history teacher John Spierling ( or library information specialist Susan Arrance (

Peak School events

Chef Jordan Alley from Ski Tip Lodge in Keystone spoke to students at the Peak School about what it takes to work in the cooking and restaurant industry in our resort community on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Jordan discussed the differences between “traditional” school and Colorado Mountain College culinary school, which takes a more hands-on approach to learning.

In addition, Peak will be hosting a meeting about high school education on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. The event will include a panel discussion of Summit County families who have taken a variety of educational paths, including public school and home schooling. Current students will also speak about their high school experiences at Peak as well as other places.

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