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In DCSD we exceed Common Core standards

CASTLE ROCK - As Colorado continues the implementation of Common Core Standards, some parents are becoming concerned about the impact they may have on the education of their children. Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen wants Douglas County School District parents to know that the Common Core Standards are not rigorous enough for our kids. That is why DCSD has created World Class Outcomes—which surpass the state standards by requiring students to use higher levels of thinking.

“The state has adopted the Common Core. That is what is required on the state level. There are districts that are implementing the Common Core and everything about it. That is not Douglas County. That is not what we are about,” explained DCSD  Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.

Douglas County teachers evaluated the standards and found them to be inadequate.

“Most of the standards, including the common core standards just ask our students to use low-level thinking skills. That is not good enough in this day and age—not for our students and frankly, not for any students,” Fagen said.

As a result, DCSD and other progressive school districts are setting the bar higher.


April 23, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.