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Colorado lawmakers look to make standardized tests optional for college admissions

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Students would no longer be required to take the SAT or ACT when applying to Colorado’s public colleges under proposed legislation that aims to make higher education more accessible to low-income and first-generation college applicants who often don’t do as well on standardized tests. State Rep. Cathy Kipp and state Sen. Tammy Story, […]

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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 […]

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Coronavirus exposure-notification service for smartphones won’t be rolled out in Colorado until October

A smartphone system informing Coloradans when they have been exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus will not be available in September as state officials initially said.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Gov. Jared Polis’ office now say the “Exposure Notifications Express” system being created in partnership with tech giants Apple […]

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Beyond test scores: Colorado experiments create alternatives for rating schools

By Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado A coalition of rural Colorado districts has spent four years building a parallel, unofficial school improvement system that looks beyond test scores and seeks to measure things like the quality of instruction and student attitudes toward learning. “We want data that helps us improve, and state data is not helping […]