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District schools get graded

Ryan Graff

The Colorado Department of Education released Roaring Fork School District Re-1’s report card yesterday, with a few surprises.The Carbondale Community Charter Elementary School went from a high rating to an excellent rating in the state’s School Accountability Report. The Carbondale Community Charter Middle School went from a high rating to an average rating. Bridges High School also changed, going from average to high. But mostly, schools’ ratings stayed the same, said Re-1 assistant superintendent Judy Haptonstall. “For the most part we’re pleased. We’d like to be excellent at all the schools, and that’s what we’re working on,” she said. Schools are ranked unsatisfactory, low, average, high, or excellent.Carbondale Elementary School was rated low, the lowest rating in the district. “We weren’t surprised that they were low because their CSAP scores were low this year,” said Haptonstall. School ratings are based on the students’ Colorado Student Assessment Program scores, which Carbondale Elementary has struggled with. This year, Carbondale Elementary started focusing more time on reading and math, modified its reading and math programs, and brought in a math expert to help bring CSAP scores up, said Haptonstall. “We’re looking forward to things going up,” after next spring’s CSAP test, she said. “I’m buying the champagne.” Part of the problem at Carbondale Elementary has been a quick shift over the past few years to English-as-a-second-language students, she said, which required new teaching techniques. Not all the news from the district was bad, along with the jump from high to excellent at Carbondale Community Charter Elementary School, Glenwood High and Sopris Elementary maintained high ratings. Sopris Elementary improved its CSAP scores this year, said principal Howard Jay, but didn’t break into the excellent category as it had hoped. The reason Sopris’ rating remained the same is likely because the school ratings are compared on a bell curve to other schools, not just a flat CSAP score. The reason Sopris’ rating remained the same is likely because the school ratings are compared on a bell curve to other schools, not just a flat CSAP score.


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