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In this area of the website, I discuss a variety of timely issues and provide information that I hope will be helpful to BVSD staff, parents, students, and community members. To suggest topics, please email me at superintendent@bvsd.org

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bruce Messinger, Ph.D.
Superintendent of BVSD

  
  

​BVSD schools are administering the state-required assessments to elementary, middle and high school students. Testing continues through mid-May.
 
Recent stories in the media present numerous issues impacting these new student assessments being administered in school districts across Colorado.
 
As noted in a March 1 Denver Post article, many parents are refusing the assessment which will impact the overall participation rate. Based on recent action by the CO State Board of Education, there will not be a negative consequence for school districts with regard to accreditation if participation rate is low. I am told the US Department of Education has threatened to withhold federal funds if CO does not achieve 95 percent participation rate. BVSD receives over $10M of federal funds each year; loss of federal funds would have a significant impact on students.
 
The CO legislature will consider new legislation this session which would reduce the number of assessments required in CO and still comply with the federal standard. BVSD and other school districts are encouraging legislators and the governor to reduce the quantity of assessments and strive to find an appropriate level of accountability and reduce the negative impact on instruction. We are also working at the federal level as Congress is considering reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
See my Feb. 17 blog for more information about assessments and details on how to contact your legislators.
 
 
Feb. 19 KGNU radio show - A Public Affair
Host: Joel Edelstein
Standardized Testing in Colorado
Panel of guests includes Boulder Valley School District Board member Sam Fuqua, Boulder Valley School District Superintendent Bruce Messinger, and CU education researcher Lorrie Shephard.
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Update on Colorado State Assessments3/3/2015 9:55 AM
Snowy Days in Colorado2/26/2015 12:45 PM
Colorado State Assessments2/17/2015 10:03 AM
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee now being formed1/29/2015 6:09 PM
January is School Board Recognition Month1/12/2015 11:09 AM
Colorado Legislature in Session1/7/2015 10:19 AM
Winter Break and Happy New Year12/18/2014 7:35 PM
Bond sales approved by voters11/4/2014 9:38 PM
Community expresses high interest in BVSD Educational Facilities Master Plan9/12/2014 10:19 AM
Drug Intervention and Prevention in BVSD8/29/2014 12:06 PM
Educational Facility Master Plan8/14/2014 8:41 PM
Welcome back!8/5/2014 10:41 AM
Capital Improvement Planning Update6/27/2014 12:24 PM
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 20145/25/2014 6:25 PM
Teacher Appreciation5/7/2014 8:57 AM
District Budget Planning for 2014-154/29/2014 8:55 AM
Capital Improvement Planning - Community Meetings in April3/21/2014 1:18 PM
Colorado Funding of K-12 Public Education3/3/2014 8:23 AM
The "Negative Factor" in Colorado's Education Budget2/21/2014 10:48 AM
Winter Weather2/5/2014 1:26 PM
District improves graduation rate and success of all students1/24/2014 3:21 PM
BVSD 2013 Report to the Community12/1/2013 2:11 PM
Flood Recovery Update11/14/2013 9:05 AM
44 BVSD locations qualify for the 2014 BVSD Staff Eco Pass11/5/2013 7:02 PM
Amendment 66 - Effect on Boulder Valley School District10/13/2013 6:03 PM
Post-Flood Update to BVSD Community9/26/2013 11:37 AM
BVSD services resume9/18/2013 9:15 AM
Welcome back!8/26/2013 9:23 AM
New vision, mission, value statements and goals7/8/2013 6:21 PM
Budget Planning 2013-14 – Part 2 of 35/25/2013 8:04 PM
Safe Schools – Highest Priority5/20/2013 11:36 AM
Budget Planning 2013-14 - Part 1 of 35/5/2013 7:22 PM
Professional Development4/24/2013 9:48 PM
Welcome back!4/1/2013 8:47 PM
Have a relaxing Spring Break!3/21/2013 8:13 PM
Interim statements have been developed for BVSD Vision, Mission and Goals2/15/2013 6:09 PM
Update on Community Consensus Work Toward New Vision, Mission and Goals1/16/2013 6:56 PM
Proposed Calendars for 2013-14 and 2014-151/3/2013 4:05 PM
Second Calendar Development Survey Underway11/28/2012 5:32 PM
Exploring a new Vision, Mission, Values and Goals for BVSD11/20/2012 4:46 PM
Next steps in development of goals11/6/2012 12:48 PM
Community Consensus Process10/31/2012 7:17 PM
Employee Contribution Campaign Underway10/22/2012 7:07 PM
BVSD Listens10/12/2012 10:51 PM
Parents and BVSD8/31/2012 4:34 PM
Welcome back to school!8/14/2012 9:19 PM
Preparing for a Successful School Year7/29/2012 6:43 PM
Have a fun and relaxing summer!5/21/2012 7:46 PM
Development of 2012-13 Budget for BVSD5/10/2012 12:08 PM
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Colorado Legislature is now in session1/13/2012 5:05 PM
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Open Enrollment in BVSD11/29/2011 8:06 PM
A Time of Enthusiastic Welcome and Heartfelt Gratitude11/4/2011 10:35 AM
First snow of the season - Oct. 2610/26/2011 1:28 PM
BVSD's weather closure procedures10/22/2011 12:47 AM
Employee Contribution Campaign Underway10/17/2011 9:52 AM
Professional Development Activities in BVSD on Oct. 1410/12/2011 10:59 AM
Follow up on Heat Mitigation Plans and Proposed Calendar Revisions10/3/2011 9:34 PM
Calendar Development and Heat Mitigation Efforts9/14/2011 7:32 PM
New Opportunities8/9/2011 5:45 AM
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