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DCSD: "The most interesting school district in America"

CASTLE ROCK - In their just-released white paper, "The most interesting school district in America?," Frederick (Rick) Hess and Max Eden showcase Douglas County as the district that "provides a stark counterpoint to theconventional reform narrative."

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where Max Eden is a researcher. Hess and Eden point out that districts undergoing significantschool reform transform from poor to passable, Douglas County's distinctive aim to going from good to great. The paper focuses on Douglas County reforms including choice and pay for performance. 

Follow this link to read the paper.

Hess released the paper at a Google+ Hangout panel.  The panel included Hess, Former US Secretary of Education William Bennett, and DCSD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. A video of the panel discussion is available on YouTube.

November 9, 2013 | By rmbarber | Category:

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High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.