'In the last Denver school board election, dark money poured in to buy all seven seats on the school board for friends of corporate reform. - Education Reform Now and Stand for Children brought in large sums to secure control. This is the way the game is played: make a big deal out of growth and try not to talk about current performance. Jeanne Kaplan served for two terms as an elected board member in Denver. She has watched with a combination of disgust and rage as the district statisticians spin the data to make it appear that students are making dramatic progress . “If all decisions are determined by high stakes test scores where proficiencies are terrible (39% in reading and 30% in math) and achievement gaps enormous (the highest in the state and among the highest in the nation), change how you calculate school success and rankings.