The Tumbleweeds Strike Back

Posted in Pueblo by  •  November 11, 2014

If you're a regular reader of this blog you've probably seen my Why Pueblo post or perhaps you saw my Funding the City of Pueblo post where I proposed setting up a toll booth on Hwy 50 and charging $1 per eastbound vehicle. The toll booth idea made it's way into the local print version of Fox News and generated some...

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The Bell Game

Posted in Pueblo by  •  September 24, 2014

This Friday at 7pm Centennial High School and Central High School will meet at Dutch Clark Stadium to play the 114th game in their historic football rivalry, dating back to 1892. I'm not sure if it's true but The Bell Game is thought to be the oldest High School Football Rivalry west of the Mississippi...

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This will probably be the last post in my series on TCAP scores and Pueblo Schools. If this is the first you've seen of the series you might want to go back and read the first 4 posts: Part 1: District 60 Educates More Students Receiving Free Lunch than the Entire Student Population in District 70. Part 2:...

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Did anyone notice the Chieftain softening its tone in their editorial this morning? They acknowledge that "external, socioeconomic factors" can impact student performance. Of course, they can't admit any error in their rush to judgement so they quickly remind us that even if a child is deprived of adequate food,...

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In recent posts I have argued for a more nuanced approach to evaluating school performance in Pueblo. I also illustrated the strong negative State-wide correlation between % students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and Math TCAP scores. It's clear to me that student household income plays a very important...

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In my initial post on the topic of TCAP scores I pointed out that Pueblo District 60 Schools (D60) have more students who qualify for Free Lunch than the total number of students in all of Pueblo County District 70 (D70). I also said D60 has a more difficult task not only due to the fact that they are a much larger...

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In recent editorials the Pueblo Chieftain has been singing the praises of Pueblo District 70 Schools (D70) and, in parallel both implicitly and explicitly, criticizing Pueblo District 60 (D60) for failure to achieve similar TCAP testing results. I needed a good set of data for my Statistics classroom so I decided to...

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I teach business statistics at CSU-Pueblo and at the beginning of classes this year I asked my students to complete a brief survey. I'm using the results to demonstrate a few basic concepts in class as familiar data seems to improve conceptual comprehension. One of the questions I asked in the survey was, "What...

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