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Colorado’s graduation rates fell last year. The drop was worse among students of color.

Colorado’s high school graduation rate fell for the first time in more than a decade in 2021, according to the Colorado Department of Education.  A total of 81.7% of the class of 2021 graduated last spring, down from 81.9% of the class of 2020.  The data shows wide graduation rate discrepancies between races and economic […]

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Colorado had a record graduation rate in 2020 despite coronavirus. But the pandemic may hamper future classes.

Colorado’s high school graduation rate climbed to a record 81.9% in 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic closing schools from mid-March through the end of the academic year. Data released on Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education shows that the state’s Class of 2020 continued a trend of increasing graduation rates over the past decade, […]

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Opinion: Four in 10 college-bound graduates don’t make it to the first day of class. Students need more support to stay on the degree path.

I work in education, so most people assume I’m on vacation during the summer. In fact, it’s my busiest time. I’m a college adviser for the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF). I work with colleges, universities and college-bound graduates to help ensure they thrive academically and realize their dream of earning a college degree. This type […]

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Colorado kids and teens are dying at a rate higher than the U.S. average — and suicide is to blame

Colorado is among the wealthiest, healthiest states in the nation but has a higher teen and child death rate than the national average, a rate that has grown worse over the past two decades. The reason is suicide, which reached an all-time high in 2017 and is the leading cause of death for Coloradans ages […]