State hearing officer found 28 Denver elementary schools were not staffed with speech language pathologists sometime between January 2022 and now. Some schools went without for as long as a semester.
New Colorado preschool program’s matching system not ready for prime time, education groups worry
Education and early childhood groups have sought to delay notifications because they see too many problems, including whether Colorado has the money to cover promised classroom hours.
Colorado FAFSA rate rebounds but falls short of national average
The number of Colorado high school students completing federal financial aid forms increased for the first time since the start of the pandemic. That’s the good news. The bad news is that even Colorado’s improving rate falls well below the national average. Overall, Colorado’s Federal Application for Financial Aid completion rate increased by 2.2 percentage […]
Opinion: The culture war is the easy, less important, education story
In 2013, nearly a decade after I graduated high school, I returned to the classroom as a reporter for Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization that covers public education. The world I returned to looked nothing like the one I left. And yet, one thing remained the same: the culture wars. As long as there have […]
Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver
Reluctant Colorado school districts are preparing to administer standardized tests amid uncertainty about whether the state can get any relief from federal testing requirements. Last Monday, federal education officials directed states to proceed with the administration of standardized tests, known here as the Colorado Measures of Academic Success or CMAS, because the tests will help […]
Colorado needs more skilled workers. But the state provides little help to adults trying to earn a college degree.
By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Victoria Browning felt trapped. To support her two young children, she worked full time caring for elderly people, earning $14 an hour. Every week was a struggle. So she enrolled at Concorde Career College Aurora Campus to get a shot at a better-paying job. Instead, she ended up with thousands […]
Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach
It’s almost budget season and for many Colorado school districts out of compliance with state rules on reading, that means it’s time to talk about purchasing new curriculum. That’s what happened Thursday in Colorado’s second-largest school district, the 80,000-student Jeffco Public Schools. District leaders presented three options to replace the current mish-mash of programs used […]
Access to high-quality Colorado schools varies by ZIP code, report says
Access to high-quality schools varies significantly across Colorado, a new report has found, with low-income families and people in rural areas less likely to have a school with high test scores within reasonable driving distance. The report from Ready Colorado, a conservative education advocacy group that supports school choice, puts numbers to education disparities and […]
Denver parents worry their children are learning less online, surveys indicate
Many Denver parents feel their children are learning less online than they would inside a classroom, and they’re worried their kids are falling behind, according to the results of two separate surveys — one of them a scientific poll — conducted by local advocacy groups. “Learning for my son from high school has been very […]
A new Denver high school modeled after historically Black colleges opens next fall
A new high school modeled after historically Black colleges and universities is set to open next fall in Denver, a school district working to improve education for Black students citywide. The Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy will open in far northeast Denver on a campus it will share with a small high school that helps […]