Carbondale, Rifle schools fare best in ratings
High Schools, rank out of 345
Grand Valley: 131, C+
Glenwood: 156, C
Roaring Fork: 191, C
Basalt: 251, C
Coal Ridge: 268, C-
Rifle: 280, C-
Bridges: 331, F
Middle Schools, rank out of 505
Carbondale: 83, B
Ross Montessori: 94, B
Basalt: 110, B
Riverside: 184, C+
Grand Valley: 292, C
Glenwood: 324, C
Carbondale Community: 326 , C
Rifle Middle: 431, D+
Elementary Schools, rank out of 1101
Carbondale Community: 180, B
Graham Mesa: 230, B
Highland: 385, C+
Elk Creek: 387, C+
Kathryn Senor: 469, C
Cactus Valley: 535, C
Basalt: 548, C
Ross Montessori: 620, C
Bea Underwood: 738, C
Glenwood Springs: 760, C-
Crystal River: 762, C-
Riverside: 824, C-
Wamsley: 828, C-
Sopris: 832, C-
The 2014 rankings are in at ColoradoSchoolGrades.com, an online tool put together by a coalition of nonprofits intended to help parents, students, educators and community members better understand how their schools are performing.
Carbondale Middle School was the highest-ranking Garfield County middle school, earning a B and ranking 83rd out of 505 in the state. Among Garfield elementaries, Graham Mesa Elementary in Rifle boasted a rank of 230 out of 1,101, also a B. The best-performing high school in the county was Grand Valley in Parachute, which earned a C-plus and was ranked 131 out of 345.
The only school in the Roaring Fork Valley to receive an A was Aspen Community Charter, which ranked sixth among Colorado middle schools.
ColoradoSchoolGrades.com annually ranks nearly 2,000 public schools, using data from the Colorado Department of Education and a formula developed with the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. It uses the same variables and weights as the Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance Framework (SPF), which includes data such as a school’s academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and, for high schools, college/career readiness.
The rankings apply a more rigorous curve than Colorado Department of Education reports, with the top 10 percent of schools receiving an A, the next 25 percent a B, the next 50 percent a C, the next 10 percent a D rating, and the bottom 5 percent an F.
Results were mixed for local charters. Carbondale Community School’s elementary program ranked 180 out of 1,101 — but fell near the bottom of the list for middle schools. Ross Montessori boasted a B for its middle school program but earned only a C on the elementary level.
Rifle Middle School and Bridges High School fared the worst in the rankings, placing 431 out of 505 and 331 out of 345, respectively.
Although the grading system can make it easier for parents to gauge their school’s relative performance, SPF data has been available to districts for some time.
“Our principals, administrative teams, and teachers collaborate around not only the high-level state SPF data to improve their schools and their classroom instruction, but also very specific district common assessment and state assessment data,” said Theresa Hamilton, Director of Districtwide Services for RE-2. “Each of our principals and all of our staff members challenge themselves daily to provide the best possible learning environment for our students and help every student become the best reader, mathematician, scientist and citizen that they can be.”
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