Colorado Joins National Assessment Consortium

Colorado officially joined as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which is a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation tests in English language arts and mathematics. While Colorado has been working with PARCC over the past year, the decision to become a full governing member will ensure Colorado has a strong voice in creating the new tests which are slated to launch in Colorado in 2015.  To prepare for the national launch of the new, innovative assessments, PARCC just released its first set of item and task prototypes. These are designed to give educators and the public a preview of what some of the assessments items may look like.  You can view the item and task prototypes here.  Additional sample test items will be released over the next two years.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding motorists of a few projects they are still working on that could cause delays in your commute.  Those in Northwest Colorado include:

US 40 Eastbound/Westbound Northwest of Kremmling (Milemarker 183.9) (through October 2012)
24 Hours-
There will be one lane alternating traffic for sanitary sewer main extension and list station construction.
Flaggers directing traffic 24/7 through August 24th. Speed limit reduced to 40 mph through work zone.

US 40 Eastbound/Westbound Winter Park to Empire (Milemarker 229-256) (through September 2012)
7:00 AM-4:00 PM MO-TH and FR until 12:00noon
Various shoulder and short term single lane closures for tree cutting and removal operations. Delays possible.

CO 13 Northbound/Southbound at County Road 60 South of Meeker (Milemarker 27-26) (through October 2012)
7:00 AM-7:00 PM MO-FR
There will be one lane alternating traffic with flaggers for paving operations. SA work 9/8/12 during the same hours. Speed limit reduced to 35 mph. Width restriction of 14 ft. through work zone during work hours. Delays possible.

CO 131 Northbound/Southbound Choke Cherry South, North of Oak Creek (Milemarker 55.8-58.4) (through November 2012)
6:30 AM-7:30 PM MO-FR
There will be one lane alternating traffic at up to 3 locations for paving operations. 10 minute delays possible. Speed limit is 45mph 24/7.

The Denver Broncos host Pittsburgh in the first game of the regular season this afternoon.  Most odds makers have the Broncos winning by 1 to 3 points.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at 4 and the kick-off at 6:20.

In high school sports over the weekend:

In football:
Little Snake fell to Dubois 43-36.
Hayden lost to Day Springs Christian 28-17.
Steamboat topped Summit 21-19.
Soroco beat Justice 64-6.
Meeker fell to Coal Ridge 39-20.
Moffat County fell to Rifle 45-0.
Rangely beat Plateau Valley 62-0.

In volleyball:
Little Snake River defeated Guernsey in the 1st place game 2-0 (25-22, 26-24) to win the Hanna Invitational.
Steamboat beat Aspen in 2 game 25-16 and 25-6. .
Hayden beat Basalt.
Soroco lost to Vail 3-0 and fell 3-0 to West Grand.

In cross country:
The Moffat County girls took third in Grand Junction.  The boys took 28th.

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