It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, however, because some states require all students to take the ACT. In Colorado, fewer students took the test in 2019 than in 2015, but their average score was higher — suggesting most of those who took it were seriously interested in college.
Nationwide, fewer students who took the ACT had scores that suggested they were ready for college or a career than in previous years, according to ACT’s research arm. The percentage of students found to be ready in English and math hit its lowest level in 15 years. It’s possible that could reflect more marginal students taking the test, because scores stayed roughly steady for students who had taken four years of English and three years of other core subjects. In Colorado, scores were roughly steady compared to 2018.
Colorado gained about 47,000 children from 2009 to 2018, but the share of the population under 18 dropped slightly, according to data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which studies children’s issues.
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Electric, natural gas buses eligible for state funds
Colorado school districts that want to replace older buses can apply for state funds to buy electric buses, or ones powered by hydrogen or “renewable natural gas” created from decomposing organic matter.
Buses must be no newer than the 2009 model year, and have to be scrapped. The money comes from Colorado’s portion of a settlement with Volkswagen, which engineered its diesel engines to cheat in emissions tests. Other types of large vehicles also are eligible.