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April 2, 2017 | By CSilberman

Results of Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Teacher Time Study were presented by RMC Research last month at a special session of the Board of Education. The survey, conducted Fall 2016, asked teachers to estimate how much time they spent on non-instructional activities, including instructional planning, last year.

September 1, 2016 | By CSilberman

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April 14, 2016 | By CSilberman

District E (Lone Tree & Castle Pines) teachers gave their students a voice, solicited their feedback and discovered what they have been doing for years was no longer working. Students were compliant but they were not engaged. Something needed to change.

December 11, 2015 | By rmbarber

A new era in state standardized testing has begun and according to the results released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Douglas County School District students continue the trend of performing above the state average, as they have done with prior statewide assessments.

October 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is working to build a Balanced Assessment System, which will provide a comprehensive view of student achievement and growth, rather than relying on a single data point.

October 26, 2015 | By rmbarber

 In the past, little, if any, thought was put into how students felt about the tests they took. While they are the single most important factor in their own academic success, they were left out of the process altogether. The Douglas County School District  (DCSD) is changing this, seeking feedback during the development of assessments to ensure assessments are not only measuring what they are supposed to, but that they are also engaging the students and providing them with the feedback they need to grow.

October 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

If you’ve ever been in a kindergarten class, you know that when children start school they are wide-eyed and excited to learn. Unfortunately, in our educational system, this changes for many students at some point during their school journey.

October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

For most of us, the concept of student testing conjures dreaded memories from our childhoods; those awful pop quizzes, intensive finals and of course sitting down with number two pencils to fill in the bubbles of the state’s standardized tests. This article talks about how student growth does not have to look like this moving forward.

August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber

As a new school year begins, you can feel a real sense of coordination as the Strategic Plan is implemented across the Douglas County School District.

December 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

While many in education have complacently relied on state-mandated standardized tests to define their performance, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is building a system that focuses on measuring what matters most, as defined by our Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) and our new teacher and leader evaluations.

May 14, 2014 | By rmbarber

Over the past month, during our series on assessment, we have discussed how unintended consequences have brought us to “testing madness.” We’ve also explored the types of assessments that our teachers and students truly value, even showing how they have been successfully implemented in our schools.

May 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

If you want to see balanced assessment at work, Shannon Shelton’s eighth-grade U.S. History class at Cimarron Middle School is usually a great example. Her students often show their authentic learning experiences, like organizing a school-wide celebration of veterans. This week, however, you won’t see a lot.

April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

After a decade of increasing standardized assessments following the passage of No Child Left Behind, it can be hard to imagine schools without testing madness.

April 29, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Proving that World-Class Education allows DCSD students to compete and win on an international level, recent assessment results show our students are paving their way to success.

April 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

 At schools across Douglas County School District, learning has been paused for the past couple weeks as students take the state science and social studies tests, known as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS). Ironically, this and other state standardized tests have become so common that they regularly disrupt the learning that they’re meant to ensure.

January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

In a unanimous vote, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education passed a resolution to address “testing madness.”  

January 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District is scheduling a series of parent meetings to inform families about the increase in mandated tests and to capture their concerns over the testing.

Student using animation program
November 20, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

Fifth-grade students at Timber Trail Elementary may not even realize they are being assessed. They are part of a pilot program using animation software to provide teachers with an accurate picture of a student's progress.

November 10, 2013 | By rmbarber

Beginning next fall, student performance data will play a much larger role in teacher evaluations throughout Colorado. In the Douglas County School District (DCSD) teacher leaders have been working to build a Balanced Assessment System that will prepare the District for the change.

November 2, 2013 | By rmbarber

Looking at the Douglas County School District’s assessment calendar it is abundantly clear that something needs to change. 

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

State law mandates that beginning this year school districts across Colorado, including Douglas County, begin tying student performance to teacher evaluations.


District News

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On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.