Colorado school districts receive extra funding based on the number of at-risk students they educate — those students living in poverty who could struggle in school as a result. But the way the state accounts for all students who are considered at-risk has long been riddled with problems that only worsened with the pandemic.
Two of the core issues: Colorado’s method for tallying its most vulnerable students has led to significant undercounts, particularly in the past few years during COVID-19, and the way the state defines its at-risk student population is too narrow to capture all students facing hardship that could hinder their ability to thrive in classes.
That’s why a working group convened by the Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes under legislation…
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