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    Re: Testing Culture in Colorado vs Other States
    CO Teacher

    It depends in which district you end up, if you can even find
    a job. :( Some districts push state testing (CSAP) more than
    others. Charter schools are the worst since they need the
    scores to help draw more students away from other public and
    private schools. (BTW, on average, charter schools also pay A
    LOT less than surrounding public schools.)

    The job market is VERY competitive here. Many teachers are
    looking for teaching jobs; there are hundreds of applicants
    for every job. Luckily, I have a job, but I have a friend who
    has been looking for a job for THREE YEARS. I also know that
    many people (who have recently been laid off from other non-
    teaching positions) are applying for teaching licenses and
    subbing. CDE has been so flooded with applicants that it can
    take up to five months to get a license. (It took one of my
    friends four months to receive hers.)

    Good luck.

    On 9/19/09, flynnt wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > If there are any teachers here who have experience teaching
    > in other states I would especially appreciate your opinion.
    >
    > I am a primary-level teacher in Texas looking to move to
    > Denver and one of the reasons I am happy to leave Texas is
    > the obsession with testing. After all, this was the
    > birthplace of the beginnings of NCLB through GWB being the
    > governor here and I think Texas like many states has gone
    > too far with its focus on testing, connecting teacher
    > pay/status with the test, teaching to the test, etc.. I
    > have heard from colleagues who have taught in New Mexico
    > and Georgia that there certainly are states that, while
    > they obviously follow NCLB, are not as obsessed and
    > test-driven as Texas.
    >
    > So my question is, how does Colorado stacks up in this
    > department? I know it can depend on a district by district
    > basis, but there certainly is a lot of influence from the
    > top down on how the whole testing culture is. Should I be
    > making the move to Denver if I was already put off by the
    > Texas system?
    >
    > Thanks..