Tying Aid to Test Scores Advances at Colo. Capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) Schools that raise the test scores of at-risk students would get more state aid under a bill backed by the senate education committee yesterday.

The measure proposes a big change in the way the state funds public schools.

Schools already get extra funding based on how many low-income students they serve. The original bill allowed the state to give an extra $1.5 million to schools that serve at-risk students and have higher-than-average test scores.

The committee backed raising that to $4.5 million, mostly by taking money that usually goes to smaller, rural schools. But $1 million would come from regular at-risk aid that's not based on performance.

The bill could still face more changes as it moves through the Senate and then the House.

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