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Colorado students have recovered some academic ground since COVID arrived but deficits remain, test results show

Colorado students made significant headway in overcoming academic setbacks due to pandemic-related hiccups in learning, but their progress still hasn’t set them fully back on track, according to state standardized test data published by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday. Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessments are typically conducted each spring as a way […]

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Colorado kids are floundering in math, a “crisis” that may add up to trouble for tomorrow’s workforce

Colorado students tumbled further behind in math as the pandemic closed schools and learning went largely virtual, according to a new analysis of this year’s state assessments results. A new report from the Keystone Policy Center, a nonprofit research group, found that math test scores plummeted for many students across the state, falling at an […]

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Some achievement gaps widened between white students and their Black and Hispanic peers, new Colorado data shows

The pandemic set Colorado students back and widened some achievement gaps between white children and their Black and Hispanic peers, newly released data from state standardized assessments conducted in the spring show. But the new results have big holes because of a significant drop in the number of students who took the test, and questions […]

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Colorado students will take modified CMAS exams this spring following federal approval

Colorado students in grades three through 11 will take state standardized assessments this spring, with students testing in either English language arts or math depending on their grade level, following the U.S. Department of Education’s partial approval of a state plan for assessments. Under the approved part of the plan, students in third, fifth and […]

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Philip DiStefano: CU Boulder supports legislation eliminating test scores and legacy status for admissions

Colorado has an incredible opportunity in this year’s legislative session to increase access to higher education. Legislators can help end statutorily driven discriminatory practices and help the state’s colleges and universities compete with out-of-state schools for Colorado’s students.  Lawmakers can realize these changes by passing two proposed bills addressing outdated admissions practices.  One would eliminate […]

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Why Colorado students are still taking the SAT, even though it’s now voluntary

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Despite state school board members deeming the SAT voluntary this year for Colorado high school students, the state education department ordered more than 30,000 test books for about 400 schools to administer it for free in September. Although the Colorado Department of Education could not say how many students took the college […]