Rise & Shine: How Colorado schools and districts fared on PARCC

PARCCING ZONE Colorado is getting its first glimpse at whether districts and schools have made progress on tests designed to measure students’ grasp of tougher academic standards. Chalkbeat Colorado.

Denver Public Schools is closing in on the state average in the English and math standardized tests. Chalkbeat Colorado

Learn how Denver schools fared compared to last year by looking at some graphics. Chalkbeat Colorado

Want to find out how your district or school performed on this year’s tests? We built a tool for that. Chalkbeat Colorado

The scores show large gaps separating neighboring Aurora Public Schools and the Cherry Creek School District. Aurora Sentinel

Students in all grades in the Pikes Peak region’s 17 school districts performed better than the state as a whole, though the majority of students are not considered to be meeting or exceeding expectations. Gazette

The Poudre School District reported progress, and students seemed to be warming to the new online tests. Coloradoan

Boulder County schools largely outscored the state in both subjects. Daily Camera

Summit County schools did, too. Summit Daily

Students in Grand Junction lagged behind their peers statewide but opt-out numbers give pause. Daily Sentinel 

LOSING TENURE As Chalkbeat has previously reported, wide disparities exist by district in the number of teachers losing tenure under a six-year-old education reform law. CBS4

MILESTONE OPENING The largest charter school project in the state has officially opened its doors for 1,150 gifted and talented kids in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. Denver Post via YourHub

REMEMBERING JACK A Colorado teen who was the face and the heart of efforts to allow medical marijuana in schools was remembered during an emotional memorial. 7News, Denver Post

LOFTY RANKING The Denver Business Journal has recognized Morgan County Community College as the state’s best community college. Fort Morgan Times

BETTER THAN A DEFICIT, RIGHT? The Moffat County School District budget wound up with a $800,000 surplus last year, and people are asking questions. Craig Daily Press