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Document Number: 10702

Denver and Aurora Schools: Crisis and Opportunity - This report targets two Colorado districts, but findings are broadly relevant. Though Denver (DPS) and Aurora (APS) high schools have made some progress in this last few years, this brief asserts it is too slow. A third of DPS and APS high school students still can't score high enough on the ACT to serve in the military. In this call for action, the author offers examples of good practice, some of which are known (high expectations) while others are more unusual: provide students support even when they have moved on to college; require a capstone project that includes substantial writing, project management and community connection for graduation; tie graduation to college acceptance, military, or work. (Sari Levy, A+Denver Citizens for Better Schools, April 2013)...

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