Rise & Shine: Cindy Stevenson’s long road back to leading a school district

TESTING TESTING TESTING Three years after Colorado introduced new, more demanding standardized tests, student performance statewide is slowly ticking up. Chalkbeat, 9News, Channel 7, Denver Post, Gazette, CPR

SAT results show about six in 10 Colorado high school juniors are on track to be ready for college-level English classes, while only four in 10 are for math courses. Chalkbeat

Denver Public Schools posted record gains on this year’s tests. Chalkbeat

Aurora Public Schools could also point to progress. Chalkbeat, Aurora Sentinel

The state’s lowest performing schools and districts need to improve quickly. Chalkbeat

Search our databases for your school’s PARCC proficiency scores and growth scores, and high school SAT and PSAT results.

Greeley-Evans District 6 officials say the scores show a need for more resources. Greeley Tribune 

The Poudre School District showed improvement. Coloradoan

Familiar trends emerged in Boulder County: higher scores, fewer kids taking the tests. Daily Camera

Nine takeaways from this year’s test results. Gazette

BACK STRONG Former Jeffco superintendent Cindy Stevenson is back leading a school district — Boulder Valley — after a long road of recovery from a brain tumor. 9News

SCHOOLPOOL’ A carpool program connects parents to each other, taking stress off them and the roads. CBS4

WASTE NOT The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to combat food waste in public schools across Colorado. Boulder Weekly

THE SECRETARY SPEAKS Without mentioning President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a letter to her staff used sharper words to address Charlottesville, condemning “white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other racist bigots.” Chalkbeat

RHODE RAGE A new study shows a bold school turnaround effort in Rhode Island may have made things worse, another dispiriting blow to those trying to do some of the hardest work in education. Chalkbeat