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Colorado districts prepare for CMAS testing amid uncertainty about federal waiver

At least one Colorado district would have to reorganize cohorts into grade-level groups to take the federal assessment. Thousands of students opting for online learning in other districts would have to enter school buildings again.

Education

Colorado needs more skilled workers. But the state provides little help to adults trying to earn a college degree.

A wide swath of Coloradans can’t access well-paying jobs to provide for their families, and employers can’t find workers with the skills needed for specialized jobs.

Education

Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach

The switch will consume as much as 2% of Jeffco Schools' $806 million budget. And it's not the only large metro district out of compliance with state curriculum quality laws.

Education

Access to high-quality Colorado schools varies by ZIP code, report says

Low-income families and those in rural areas are less likely to have a school with high test scores within reasonable driving distance, a report by Ready Colorado says.

Education

Denver parents worry their children are learning less online, surveys indicate

65% of parents said their children are learning less online compared with being in person

Education

A new Denver high school modeled after historically Black colleges opens next fall

Test scores and graduation rates show Denver Public Schools has not served students of color as well as it has the 25% of students who are white. Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy aims to repair that.

Education

Yes, in-person learning is still possible with “red” COVID numbers. Here’s how it looks in one Colorado district

One bright spot this year? Discipline referrals are down 90% because kids who are in the classroom really want to be there, one principal says.

Education

Colorado school outbreaks nearly doubled in November as coronavirus cases surged

A Chalkbeat analysis found that K-12 schools account for 14% of outbreaks but only 5% of cases from outbreaks. Colleges and universities represent only 2% of outbreaks but 16% of cases.

Coronavirus

CU Boulder struggles to enroll low-income students. That has consequences for Coloradans’ social mobility.

University of Colorado Boulder is fifth-lowest among nation’s flagships in enrolling low-income students, thus slowing Colorado’s social mobility.

Education

Superintendent Susana Cordova is leaving Denver Public Schools

Susana Cordova returns to her administrative roots, becoming deputy superintendent of leading and learning for a large Texas school district.

Education

Colorado finally got full-day kindergarten, but parents are wary in the COVID era

Official enrollment numbers have not yet been finalized, but many districts are reporting a decline in kindergarten enrollment believed to be due to the pandemic

Education

Denver enacts stricter rules for universities as coronavirus outbreaks spread at campuses

Denver’s decision comes as outbreaks at the University of Colorado Boulder are threatening in-person learning, and Colorado College has moved mostly remote

Education

Denver survey shows Black and Hispanic families more likely to prefer virtual learning

Denver Public Schools plans to offer an online-only option for its students. The parents of 23% of students prefer 100% virtual instruction. But a greater percentage of minority parents want their kids to learn from home.

Education