Rise & Shine: Researcher says later start time producing more engaged students in Cherry Creek

Happy Monday.

Today is Denver's official first day of school, although several Denver schools have already been back for a few days. Either way, it's back to the grind, so get prepared by catching up on education news you might have missed.

Today's stories include a look at some changes the state has made and may still make, to make more test data available to the public, as well as a look at how later school start times are changing things for students in Cherry Creek, and a story about how schools are increasingly focused on school safety and student mental health.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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TRANSPARENCY Colorado this year made small changes to how they release school level state test results to allow more information to be disclosed than before. And even more changes could be coming. Chalkbeat

LATER START TIMES Preliminary results show that moving high school start times in the Cherry Creek School District more than an hour later is producing better rested and more engaged students, according to a top sleep researcher. Denver Post

PUBLIC INFORMATION After a tumultuous year for Cherry Creek schools as the subject of several stories about student sex assaults, the district is changing how it reacts to them, and how they inform the public. Aurora Sentinel

NEW DIGS Middle school students helped break ground on a school that will replace their current building. The project is paid for with state grants and money from a bond approved by Mesa County voters last year. Daily Sentinel

SAFETY Many schools, including in Durango, continue to increasingly focus on safety, security and meeting the social and emotional needs of students. Durango Herald

FULL-DAY From a series on school funding, a brief look at the cost of full-day kindergarten since the state of Colorado does not fully fund kindergarten. Coloradoan

OPINION Mike Johnston, a former educator and recently a Democratic candidate for governor, writes that test results show aggressive reforms in Colorado are working, specifically calling out Denver schools, but he argues, more funding is needed for schools to do more. Denver Post