Rise & Shine: Grades are out at a Castle Rock high school

CLOSING TIME The most subjective piece of Denver Public Schools’ new policy to ticket chronically struggling schools for possible closure is an in-depth quality review that could prove difficult to pass. Chalkbeat Colorado

ON THE CLOCK A new plan aimed at turning around six of Pueblo’s lowest-performing schools provides a hint at what state intervention might look like. Chalkbeat Colorado

NO SCORE Math teachers at a Castle Rock high school are choosing not to hand out grades, instead giving students feedback on how to learn from their mistakes. 9News

TESTING, TESTING Moffat County students showed improvement on state math and English tests, but grades three through nine lag behind state averages. Craig Daily Press

COPING WITH TRAGEDY The family of the Legacy High School bus driver killed in a bus crash at Denver International Airport is slowly coming to terms with the loss. Daily Camera

NO THANKS Diet soda is no longer banned from Colorado high school vending machines and school stores, but the Mesa County school district isn’t thirsty for soft drinks. KJCT

TWO CENTS The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board is dubious, to say the least, that a campaign to establish the nation’s first universal health care system would benefit public schools. Gazette