Public schools in Colorado face a myriad of accountability requirements and now legislation has been introduced to streamline that into a central point of accountability: accreditation. Colorado's accreditation law was enacted in 1998 with the hopes that finally there would be teeth in holding school accountable for academic performance. Between the "good ol' boys club" in public education and the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act, the landscape of accountability only became more confusing.
No Child Left Behind holds schools accountable for all students being proficient in reading and math--Adequate Yearly Progress, it's called. School achievement data is broken down into different subgroups that are meant to prevent students from "falling behind" or falling through the cracks unnoticed. Recently Colorado became one of the pilot states to get its growth model approved for federal accountability.
The new legislation, carried by Sen. Keith King (R-Colo. Springs) and Rep. Karen Middleton (D-Aurora) aligns all of the accountability measures under state accreditation. Under the new system, school districts not performing adequately will receive additional support and service to increase their levels of performance.