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Statewide task force invites public to discuss education testing

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The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force will hold a series of public roundtable discussions to allow those interested to discuss concerns directly and communicate their opinions about statewide education testing.

The task force, established by the Colorado General Assembly, is 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 Jan. 31.

The task force is particularly interested in responses 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?

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The task force will accept written responses to these questions and/or any other feedback by sending an e-mail to 1202taskforcefeedback@gmail.com. Written comments will be shared with the Task Force at each meeting and posted on the Web page.

The task force — 15 members who represent parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and the business community — meets monthly as a whole group and holds additional subgroup meetings as needed.

IF YOU GO

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force will host a series of public discussions, and the closest ones to Summit County will be held in Edwards and Loveland. The schedule of upcoming meetings and related materials can be found at cde.state.co.us/cdedepcom/taskforce.

Oct. 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Battle Mountain High School, library

151 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards

Oct. 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Thompson School District, boardroom – room 129

800 South Taft Ave., Loveland