Denver’s controversial college rankings system is gone, eradicated by the Denver college board Thursday night time. Will probably be changed with state-issued college rankings and ultimately paired with a dashboard of knowledge that households need to find out about faculties.
The seven-member board voted 6-1 Thursday to do away with Denver Public Colleges’ college efficiency framework, which had been criticized as pricey and complicated.
The rankings have been additionally controversial due to the important thing position they performed in Denver’s method to highschool enchancment. Some low-rated faculties have been closed or changed. Dad and mom additionally used the rankings to assist weigh their choices in a district that encourages college alternative.
Thursday’s vote takes one other step away from the district’s long-held methods. It falls in step with a earlier board resolution to take a softer tone with low-performing faculties. The district will now use the state-issued rankings to find out which faculties want intervention.
Board member Scott Baldermann forged the lone no vote on Thursday. He objected that the varsity score modifications don’t transfer the district far sufficient from its earlier method. Particularly, he mentioned he worries that an info dashboard could possibly be misused.
“That is clearly supposed to assist college alternative, which requires faculties to make use of restricted college funding on advertising to be able to survive,” Baldermann mentioned.
Three different board members additionally beforehand expressed concerns concerning the dashboard. Tay Anderson questioned whether or not the district had sought sufficient group opinion, other than a 30-member committee that debated the problem for 9 months.
Brad Laurvick was involved that the district was making large modifications earlier than the board has solidified a brand new grasp plan. And Vice President Jennifer Bacon mentioned that whereas she wished mother and father to have information, she was cautious of how the district had used it previously.
The decision that handed Thursday directs district workers to collect extra suggestions from households about what info they need to find out about their kids’s faculties.
It additionally orders the district to outline what a “high quality college” appears to be like like earlier than launching the data dashboard. The 30-member committee had envisioned the dashboard may embrace info on every thing from what number of college students have been suspended at a sure college to what number of took college-level programs and whether or not the buses ran on time.
Whereas board member Barbara O’Brien referred to as the decision a “watered-down” model of the committee’s suggestions, Anderson mentioned the compromise modified his vote.
Bacon, who helped shepherd the compromise, mentioned, “When folks don’t have entry to info, it limits a few of their skills nevertheless it additionally retains folks of their place. I'm for supporting households in getting access to details about their faculties.”