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ERIC Number: ED607082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
2020 Innovation Schools Annual Report
Kottenstette, Bill; Paga, Paola
Colorado Department of Education
The Innovation Schools Act of 2008, § 22-32.5-102, et seq. C.R.S, was designed to provide a pathway for schools and districts to develop and implement innovative practices in a wide variety of areas and contexts to improve student outcomes. The Act provides a formal process that allows schools or groups of schools to request to their local school boards for waivers from district-level policies and for school boards to request the Colorado State Board of Education for waivers from certain state-level laws and regulations. The Act enables schools to better provide educational services tailored to meet the needs of their student populations. Innovation schools are required to articulate a vision around the autonomies they are seeking, as well as to gain support from a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, and School Accountability Committee members, before receiving the innovation school designation. The innovation application process requires schools to think through the common goal and vision that will be made possible by receiving greater autonomy, as well as the policies and documents that will need to change when these innovations are implemented. In compliance with the requirements of § 22-32.5-111, C.R.S., the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has prepared this annual report divided into the following parts: (1) Overview of Innovation Schools Act of 2008; (2) Current Demographics of Innovation Schools; (3) Description of Innovations Implemented; (4) Summary of the Academic Performance of Innovation Schools and Innovation School Zones; and (5) Recommendations for Legislative Changes. [This report was prepared by CDE's School Quality and Support Division/Schools of Choice Unit. For the 2019 report, see ED597820.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Colorado