Program Details:

Accountability and Assessments in Small Rural School Districts

Our 2019-2020 Place-Based Partnership project, “Accountability and Assessments in Small Rural School Districts,” connects CU Boulder’s School of Education with district and teacher leadership in the Otis R-3 School District and other communities in Northeast Colorado. Our project builds on collaborative work undertaken with the Otis district in the 2018-2019 school year. Our previous project sought to describe how communities in Northeast Colorado have negotiated highly contested debates about standards and assessment. This year, we will be extending our work through a collaborative project with the district’s Teacher Leadership Team (TLT), helping them analyze assessment data to support the district’s accountability and improvement goals. Our project aims to work with teachers to consider the relative value of different types of student assessments, and to frame how such assessments might be used for district improvement and state accountability purposes. Key partners include members of the TLT (four teacher representatives, as well as the school principal and counselor) and two faculty members and two graduate students in the School of Education. As our project progresses, we hope to build relationships with neighboring districts to expand the scope of our collaboration.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.


In Colorado

  • Otis

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Otis R-3 School District

Program Contact

Terri S. Wilson
Assistant Professor

Program Categories


  • Education (K-12)

Program Types:

  • Community Research
  • Evaluation/Data Analysis Services


  • Rural Communities
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

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