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CASE Talking Points are designed to be helpful, succinct statements on the most relevant topics you may need to address as a Colorado education leader.

November 2014

  • K-12 Education Landscape (Use to reinforce that the K-12 education landscape is complex, diverse and quickly evolving. Most of the organizations listed have lobbyists and are actively working through the legislature to influence public education. Emphasize your desire to serve as a resource to assist legislators to understand the consequences of past legislation and the potential consequences of proposed legislation.)
  • Standards, Assessments & Their Use (This graphic demonstrates the difference between standards, assessments, and how we use those assessments. It is helpful to differentiate between these items as concerns are brought forward on over testing, technology infrastructure required for the tests, demonstrating the validity and reliability of the new assessments, the use of the assessment data in accountability frameworks, etc. CASE has a subcommittee on Testing and Data Privacy and two CASE members also serve on the 1202 Task Force.)
  • CASE School Finance Principles (CASE represents thousands of Colorado school administrators and the CASE School Finance Principles were adopted by the CASE Legislative Committee to provide CASE’s position on preventing unfunded mandates, eliminating the negative factor, restoring funds to school districts with maximum flexibility at the school district level on how those funds are to be spent, and changing Colorado’s competing constitutional mandates.)  

The Colorado Department of Education estimates that third-graders will spend 490 minutes on tests, fourth- and fifth-graders 800 minutes, sixth graders 570 minutes, seventh- and eighth-graders 840 minutes, ninth- and 10th-graders 600 minutes, juniors — who take the ACT along with state tests — 795 minutes, and seniors 540 minutes.


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