Over the past decade, the locally elected school board in Denver has given educators more freedom to meet the needs of the students they serve. These changes have led to incredible results across Denver: traditional, innovation, and charter schools in the city now outperform similar schools across the state.
In 2008, students in Denver achieved far below state averages and less than half graduated from high school.
In English Language Arts proficiency, Denver performed 22 points below Colorado’s state average.
In Math, the gap was 19 points
The graduation rate was only
Beginning in 2005, the Denver school board partnered with two superintendents, Michael Bennet (later Democratic Senator from Colorado) and Tom Boasberg, to create one of the most innovative public school systems in the country.
In 2019, Stanford researchers found that Denver students grew more than similar students from across the state.
Over a decade since reforms began, student learning gains continue to increase across all public schools
Denver has drawn within 3 points of the state average.
The graduation rate increased substantially.
Despite this progress, there is still work to be done. Denver schools still lag behind the state of Colorado as a whole in student proficiency levels, and there continues to be a performance gap between middle-income and low-income students.