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Document Number: 10166

Great Expectations, Mixed Results: Standards and Performance in Denver’s New Public Schools - This paper examines academic growth of every newly created school in Denver, Colorado that commenced operations between 2007 and 2011 by examining their median growth percentile (MGP). Denver Public Schools (DPS) does not currently set advance standards or expectations for the performance of new schools and the lack of consistent standards and metrics undermines the strategy and promise of opening new schools. The authors recommend that in opening any new school, the district should determine multiple measures and targets, and then judge success (or failure) based on performance over time against this set of criteria. (The Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2012)...

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