BLUE AND GREEN More Denver schools this year earned the top two ratings on the district’s five-color scale than ever before, a spike officials say reflects the record academic progress students are making. Chalkbeat

MURKY NUMBERS New data that is meant to help the public understand how Colorado students who are learning English as a second language are performing on state tests is in many cases baffling and inconclusive. Chalkbeat

FROM THE TRAIL Jeffco’s five school board candidates answered questions about teacher pay, charter schools and early education Thursday night, with expected divisions appearing among incumbents and two challengers. Chalkbeat

PROMISES, PROMISES A community organization is questioning whether Denver Public Schools is reneging on a commitment to use money from a voter-approved tax increase to improve transportation for low-income students. 9News

MIND THE GAPS Six things to know about the large achievement gaps in the Denver and Boulder Valley school districts (an issue Chalkbeat has covered). CPR

PERSONNEL FILE A Cherry Creek middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after parents raised concerns about her social justice class, while some students and teachers rally to defend her.  Aurora Sentinel

KIDS COUNT A recent report revealed lower child poverty rates and racial disparity in Weld County. Greeley Tribune

HELPING HAND Several Pikes Peak region schools have pitched in to help hurricane victims. Gazette