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Re-2 works on improvement plan for upcoming school year

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE It may be summer break for students of the Garfield School District Re-2, but administration is just getting warmed up for next school year.At the last regular school board meeting on Tuesday, May 22, administration presented to members of the board the district improvement plan, which is to be implemented beginning next year.This plan is intended to bring Re-2 up to state education standards, as set by the Colorado Department of Education, by 2012. The plan is a result of an outside evaluation of the district by a comprehensive appraisal for district improvement (CADI) team undertaken because Re-2 hasn’t met state standards for adequate yearly progress.According to the Colorado Department of Education’s Web site, the purpose of adequate yearly progress is to have all students proficient in reading and math by the year 2014 under the No Child Left Behind Act.The CADI team visited the district in the middle of February and interviewed administrators, teachers, support staff and other employees of the district to get a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses throughout the district.Larry Brady, Re-2 director of curriculum, said that he was pleased with the whole experience and that it was very positive situation for the district.”I saw it as time well spent for the district,” he said. “Our district really stepped up to the plate and recognized it as a real opportunity for improvement.”Brady said that the CADI visit was a proactive approach and that the district was not required to have an outside team of analysts but saw the opportunity and went for it.”We could have done it ourselves, but it’s good to have someone from the outside come in and look at what you’re doing,” Brady said. “This is going to help us get focused on working hard on the right things and not just working hard.”One of the main improvement points for the district, outlined in the CADI report, was an “alignment of curriculum,” designed to align course content, sequence and teaching practices to streamline the education process by reducing overlap of instruction.In order to accomplish that, the district will create a curriculum and assessment council, consisting of 14 teachers from the district, whose main purpose will be to evaluate the current curriculum and realign the content and course sequence.Brady said the starting point is examining the current graduation requirements and advanced placement (AP) courses to determine what the students need to learn in order to be properly prepared for those classes.”We’re not saying that all the students need to take AP courses, we just want them to be at that level,” Brady said.The district improvement plan will be evaluated from year to year to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in meeting the long-term goals.”This really pointed out things that will help us grown into the future,” Brady said.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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