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District 6 Performance Ratings Reach Historic High

 

Greeley-Evans School District 6 has more schools rated as Performance than it ever has before, the highest rating given by the Colorado Department of Education.

 

The Colorado Department of Education today released preliminary performance ratings for school districts and schools throughout the state. With few exceptions, schools in District 6 are performing better than ever before since the implementation of the CMAS testing and accountability model.

 

“I am incredibly proud of how hard our educators and administrators have worked to ensure all students achieve and grow,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “This has been very intentional, very focused work on changing school cultures instructional practices, and it is paying off.”

 

There were several significant improvements of note. Three District 6 schools that were on the accountability clock and rated in turnaround or priority improve categories for more than four years, have achieved the highest rating of Performance. Two of these schools – Prairie Heights Middle School and Billie Martinez Elementary School – are on plans of innovation, approved by the State Board of Education. Centennial Elementary School, which last year entered its fourth year on the accountability clock, is also rated at Performance in these preliminary ratings.

 

Scott Elementary School, entering its fourth year on the accountability clock, reached the Improvement rating. Dos Rios Elementary School and Maplewood Elementary School, both with one year of a Priority Improvement rating, moved to Improvement this year. Under the state’s accountability model, schools that were on the accountability clock must now be in Improvement or Performance two years before they are off the clock.

 

Here is a summary of how District 6 schools were rated this year:

  • 16 schools are rated at Performance, up from 15 last year
  • Seven schools went up in their ratings
  • 18 schools maintained ratings
  • Three schools went down in ratings
  • Three schools are rated Priority Improvement or Turnaround, compared to seven in that category last year

 

In 2014, 11 District 6 schools were rated at Performance and 10 schools were rated as Priority Improvement or Turnaround.

 

“This is unprecedented in District 6,” said Board of Education President Roger DeWitt. “We are proud of the direction the district is headed and the work our staff is doing. This is what happens when a district has a very intentional approach to improving schools.”

 

The three schools in Priority Improvement or Turnaround are Meeker Elementary School, Salida Del Sol Academy and Fred Tjardes School of Innovation. Meeker students were displaced in November last year after a water main break flooded their schools. Fred Tjardes just completed its first year of operation. Dr. Pilch said these schools will receive more support from the district level to ensure their student achievement and growth improve this year.

 

The performance ratings are not official until December, when the State Board of Education will assign final ratings to schools and school districts. This gives school districts time to request a reconsideration for ratings.

 

District 6 will not be requesting a reconsideration for any of its preliminary ratings. To view all Preliminary Performance Frameworks for every district and school in Colorado, visit https://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/performanceframeworkresults.