How to access student disciplinary and crime statistics for any school in the state

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DENVER -- Colorado law mandates that parents must be able to easily access student disciplinary and crime statistics for any school in the state.

That's not a reality. And once the information is found, the data aren't always accurate.

By analyzing thousands of police calls, at least 30 sex assaults reportedly to have occurred inside the Cherry Creek School District since 2016.

None were reported to the Colorado Department of Education, a misstep State Sen. Rhonda Fields said is a violation of the law.

"We shouldn’t have these secrets and we shouldn’t be sweeping things under the rug," Fields said.

The Safe School Reporting requirements mandate every district report incidents or allegations of drugs, assault, dangerous weapons, sexual battery, destruction of school property -- and more.

And that CDE creates a way for parents to easily view the information.

After testing the system, it was found to be very difficult to find the conduct data.

  1. To locate the information, start at the Colorado Department of Education's website.
  2. On the top left corner click school view/data and accountability -- scroll down to data center.
  3. Choose a district from a menu on the right side.
  4. Open the school by clicking the triangle.
  5. There are eight tabs across the top -- choose "students."
  6. Three more sub-tabs appear: "Enrollment, Attendance & Truancy and Conduct." Click "conduct."
  7. In the video box on the right, three more sub-tabs pop up: Summary, Incidents and Actions. Choose "incidents."

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Police said some high schools are like small cities, so parents should expect to see a fair number of issues.

If not, the CDE said, either a certain school is abnormally safe or it's time to start asking school leaders how and when they report problems.

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