PIE Network member A+ Colorado released The Outliers, their first annual report exploring how districts across the Centennial State are serving diverse student populations. Designed to identify school districts that buck trends across the state, the report provides a snapshot of where outcomes for students differ from the norm, where the promise of an excellent education shines bright, and where that light is still too dim. Perhaps most importantly, this report identifies districts that are demonstrating success and merit further investigation.
In addition to an endorsement from PIE Network member Colorado Succeeds, The Outliers has received support from state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as special recognition from Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne who said, “Thanks to A+ Colorado, reports like The Outliers invite us to revisit our systems for transparency about how students are performing…It’s critical to have reliable data that allows us to recognize what’s working and focus on areas of underperformance, which allows us to share best practices and increase educational opportunities for all Colorado kids.”
A+ Colorado has provided two versions of this report: one printable version with 32 pages chock-full of data, and an expanded version with searchable district-by-district snapshots, so that Colorado legislators, superintendents, and parents can access detailed district-level data.
For advocates working to identify and replicate district successes in their state, The Outliers provides an excellent model.