Ignacio Schools Noted for Improvements
The Colorado Department of Education today announced final accreditation ratings for school districts across the state, including three districts that improved enough to come off the “Accountability Clock.” Ignacio 11 JT, Pueblo City 60 and Sheridan 2 all saw improvements in 2016.
“We want to congratulate those districts in particular, as well as all the others who have been working extremely hard to increase student achievement,” said interim Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the focus and determination of the staff, teachers, students and communities of those districts.”
The department’s announcement today signified the renewal of the accountability system designed to let parents and communities know how their districts and schools are doing. In 2015, the legislature put a hold on accountability as schools and districts adjusted to a new state assessment system. Now with two years of assessment results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), district accountability determinations are available again.
The ratings were presented to the Colorado State Board of Education on Thursday and are based on annual District Performance Framework reports, which compile a number of performance indicators for a final rating. Those indicators are:
- Achievement on statewide assessments in English language arts, math, and science.
- Growth from year to year on English language arts and math as well as by English language learners on the English language proficiency (ACCESS) test.
- Secondary schools’ graduation rates, dropout rates, matriculation rates, and college entrance exam scores.
Districts received one of the following accreditation ratings:
- Accredited with Distinction
- Accredited with Improvement Plan
- Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan
- Accredited with Turnaround Plan
- Insufficient State Data