EDITOR’S DESK: Happy CSAPs, Merry Christmas
Good news this issue for many families with students in District 11 schools on the Westside. The results of the School
Accountability Reports show that a growing number of our kids are learning. Well, OK, technically it just means that more of
them did better on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests last spring than they did the year before.
But to my mind, it's one of those deals where if there's smoke, there's fire. If a kid steps up on the CSAPs, he or she is more
than likely paying attention to other lesson plans as well. I know that many educators dislike the CSAPs (from off-the-record
comments that come my way when I visit schools), but at least these tests provide standards to show how individual children and
schools are doing. If we really wanted to be tough, we'd insist that the only way a kid can pass to the next grade would be to
test “proficient” on the CSAPs. Too tough? But are we doing kids any favors by passing them on when they don't really know
Other subjects... I was very sorry to learn about the passing of Amanda Lopez Burr. She was an upbeat, creative woman. It is good at least to know that the two Amanda's Fonda restaurants she started on the Westside are carrying on after her, a testament to her vision...
Anyone want to run for the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board? Four seats are open. Warning: It's a thankless volunteer job, with little power and a lot of criticism, but it's also the best grassroots way to make a difference on the Westside. Lines for application are now forming...
Finally, I doubt I'm the only one who's been looking forward to this weekend. Merry Christmas, and God bless us, everyone.