Garfield School District Re-2 receives accreditation from state |

Garfield School District Re-2 receives accreditation from state

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Theresa Hamilton
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Theresa Hamilton

The Garfield School District Re-2 is proud to announce that it received “Accreditation” status from the state of Colorado earlier this month.

Each school district must go through the accreditation process with the Colorado Department of Education each year, and the evaluation is based upon the district’s improvement plan.

In order to be accredited, a school district must meet or exceed accreditation indicators for:

• Achievement growth and status;

• Student achievement gaps including ethnicity and free and reduced lunch;

• Postsecondary readiness;

• Compliance for finance and school safety and

• Improvement plan quality.

“We received 20 points out of 20 for our improvement plan. I am pleased that the state agrees that we are doing the right things.” said Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Dave Smucker.

He added that now is the time to focus on the implementation of the improvement plan.

“Now the job is to lead that and get it implemented and get it deep so we can hit higher achievement, close our achievement gaps and improve some of our post secondary readiness targets. We were happy that we were accredited, but we know that there is more work to do. There is always room for growth,” he explained.

In May 2008, the state board of education substantially revised the rules for administration. Districts were allowed until June 1, 2009, to revise their plans to meet the new guidelines, and the 2009-10 school year is the first opportunity for Garfield Re-2 to be accredited under the new regulations.

There are five levels of accreditation including:

• Accredited, Probation – District earned less than 35 percent of total accreditation points possible;

• Accredited, Notice with Support – District earned between 35 and 47 percent of total accreditation points possible;

• Accredited, Letter of Support – District earned between 48 and 59 percent of total accreditation points possible;

• Accredited – District earned between 60 and 74 percent of total accreditation points possible and,

• Accredited with Distinction – District earned 75 percent or more of total accreditation points possible.

Garfield Re-2 earned the second highest level of accreditation with 63.8 percent. The strength of the district lies in Garfield Re-2’s closing of the achievement gaps, indicating that the programs and policies that the district has implemented over the last several years is helping every student become a better reader, writer and mathematician. The district’s fiscal policies and the district’s improvement plan were found to be very strong.

As part of the accreditation process, districts are required to accredit their schools. Again, schools accreditation status is dependent upon their student achievement data and their school improvement plan.

Cactus Valley – Accredited

Elk Creek – Accredited

Kathryn Senor – Accredited

Graham Mesa – First year of operation so no accreditation status.

Highland – Accreditation Watch

Wamsley – Accredited

Riverside Middle School – Accreditation Watch

Rifle Middle School – Accredited

Coal Ridge – Accreditation Watch

Rifle High School – Accreditation Watch

Kaplan Academy – Accreditation Watch

Garfield Re-2’s Accreditation Summary and Improvement plan is online at Select the Student Achievement tab on the left.

Theresa Hamilton is director of districtwide services for Garfield School District Re-2.

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