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Did students fall behind this spring? Yes, but not as much as feared, new data shows

Chalkbeat

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‘It’s a battle with yourself’: Michigan students struggle to manage mental health in troubling times

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“Seeing an extreme level of teacher burnout”

The Denver Post

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Governor Polis Announces Back-to-School Working Group

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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Durango school board keeps hands off controversial-topics policy

The Durango Herald

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Colorado school leaders say state COVID rules are hindering in-person learning

Denver Post

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School Reopening ‘Churn’ Distracting District Leaders from Focusing on Improved Remote Education & Student Engagement, Researchers Find

The 74

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School closures can be hard on children — and adults. Here’s how to help ease the transition.

Chalkbeat

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Beyond bandages and sore throats

Denver Post

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CDE News Release: State Board extends deadline for READ Act teacher training Board grants DSST Public Schools appeal of DPS board's requirements

Nov. 19, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

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State Board extends deadline for READ Act teacher training

Board grants DSST Public Schools appeal of DPS board's requirements

DENVER – The State Board of Education agreed today to provide educators an additional six months to complete the teacher training required by the READ Act. Kindergarten through third-grade teachers will now have until Jan. 31, 2022 to complete their training requirements on evidence-based reading instruction. 

The board directed districts to communicate the requirement to all K-3 teachers by Dec. 1, 2020, and ensure teachers meet the new January 2022 deadline. Districts, BOCES and charters that do not meet the requirements will be ineligible for READ Act funds for the 2022-23 school year.

Only 40% of Colorado's third graders are meeting expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in English language arts, yet research shows that students need to learn to read at grade level by the end of third grade so they can read to learn in fourth grade and beyond.

The Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act was passed in 2012 with the goal of dramatically improving reading for our youngest learners. Since then, however, Colorado has seen only a 2% increase in third graders meeting or exceeding expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in English language arts. In addition, statewide data shows only a 1% reduction in the number of students identified with a significant reading deficiency.

The READ Act aims to ensure all students can read at grade level by the end of third grade. In 2019, the legislature made several changes to the READ Act to help educators support reading success among our state's youngest learners. Not all of Colorado's educators have had the opportunity to learn the science of teaching reading in their teacher training programs, so one of the changes to the READ Act required training on the latest evidence-based reading instruction strategies for all K-3 teachers. 

Teachers have a variety of avenues to complete the training, including no-cost options provided by the Colorado Department of Education. 
 
Board grants DSST Public Schools appeal
Following a formal hearing, the state board found the Denver Public Schools Board of Education's decision to delay the opening of DSST’s Noel High School from the 2021-22 school year to the 2022-23 school year is contrary to the best interests of students. The state board remanded the matter back to the DPS board with instructions to allow Noel High School to open in the 2021-22 school year and include Noel High School in the enrollment process opening Jan. 15, 2021.

The state board also found that it was not in students’ best interest for DPS to require improvement plans for Cole High School, Cole Middle School and Henry Middle School as a condition for Noel High School’s opening. The state board remanded this condition back to the DPS board with instruction to remove the improvement plan requirement.

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CDE News Release Commissioner, State Board of Education Chairwoman urge communities to do their part as department releases new funding to support school reopening $15 million in one-time funding will help schools struggling to reopen

Nov. 19, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

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Commissioner, State Board of Education Chairwoman urge communities to do their part as department releases new funding to support school reopening 

$15 million in one-time funding will help schools struggling to reopen

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Education today announced a new $15 million grant opportunity for school districts and BOCES that are struggling to return to in-person learning and need additional resources to safely reopen when possible.

Applications for the Safe Schools Reopening Grant may be submitted by districts and BOCES that operate public schools on behalf of any school, including charter schools. Applications are due Nov. 30 and funds must be spent by Dec. 30.


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Colorado Politics

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Governor Polis Calls Special Session of 72nd General Assembly


For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Conor Cahill | [email protected] 


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Are test score gaps growing? A simple question remains a research mystery

Chalkbeat

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Just 3% of scientists and engineers are Black or Latina women. Here’s what teachers are doing about it.

The Hechinger Report

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Superintendents to Polis: Change quarantine rules or stand behind our closure decisions

Chalkbeat

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Colorado Board of Education grants K-3 teacher training extension, but signals stricter oversight on reading

Chalkbeat

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State education board overturns Denver’s decision on DSST Noel charter school

Chalkbeat

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What Principals Have Learned From COVID-19's 'Stress Test'

Education Week

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CASB Letter to Governor Polis: Working Together

The following letter was sent to Governor Polis on Thursday, November 19 in response to the press conference held this week. 

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