District 16 officials happy with ‘average’
Officials from Garfield School District No. 16 say they are pleased with the results of the Colorado School Accountability Report released Wednesday afternoon, which showed an improvement in the scores of two of the three schools.The district scored “average” for all three schools – Bea Underwood Elementary, Grand Valley High School and L.S. St John Middle School – for the 2003-2004 school year.The reports are based on the results of how individual schools throughout the state perform on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests which are held in early spring. The test evaluates student performances in a number of areas, including reading, writing and mathematics.”This tells us we’re on the right track,” said Rhonda Dillon, coordinator of curriculum and instruction for the district. “It says the programs we’ve put into place are working.”The scores are improvements for both Bea Underwood and L.W. St John, which brought their scores from “low” last year to “average” this year. Grand Valley High School held a steady “average” rating.The biggest growth area in the district’s curriculum has been in reading, with professional development a key factor. Teachers have received extensive training through the Reading First grant, which they have received for the past two years.Through concentrated data team studies, teachers in the district have been able to focus on the needs of students, using standardized assessments to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses, say district officials. For the first time ever, standardized assessments were done on students from kindergarten through third grade.District 16 is currently evaluating math programs, K-12, and will be making a decision in late spring on the direction that will be taken with the curriculum.”We’re still working in all areas, and we want to go from average to higher,” said Sandy Hanson, the district’s public information director. “We know we need to work on math, and we will focus on that this year.”In a recently released Adequate Yearly Progress Report, District 16 met all the criteria for every school as well as districtwide.In a recently released Adequate Yearly Progress Report, District 16 met all the criteria for every school as well as districtwide.
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