School report cards a ‘snapshot,’ says Re-2 Superintendent
A combined effort between teachers, parents and the community is the reason Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle received a high-scoring report card from the state, according to KSE Principal Bill Zambelli.The annual Colorado School Accountability Report results were released Wednesday afternoon for the 2003-2004 school year.This is the second year that KSE, which serves students in grades K-4 in the Re-2 school district, received a high mark in the accountability reports.”The instruction our teachers are providing the kids, the community and the parents helps make the kids successful,” Zambelli said. “But there’s no magic bullet out there. Our teachers are focusing on a common goal, combined with the parents.”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.The Re-2 school district received reports on each of its seven schools – Highland Elementary in Rifle, Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle, Rifle Middle School, Rifle High School, Riverside Middle School in New Castle, Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt and Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle.However, nine reports were issued to the district since the middle schools encompass grades 5-8 and the reports are broken out into grades 5-6 and 7-8 in the middle schools, so each received two reports.”The CSAR reports are one of several different assessments we take throughout the year,” said Re-2 Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack. “These are benchmarks of how the kids are preforming. The CSAR is a snapshot – and a very important one. The CSAP scores evaluate where we are – what we’re doing well and what we need to address.”Along with KSE, the other school ranking high on the accountability reports was Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt.”We’re very proud of our high-achieving schools,” Pack said. “We have strong literacy programs in place and math programs.”Rating average in the Re-2 district were Highland Elementary School, Rifle High School and Riverside Middle School. Low marks were received by Rifle Middle School and Wamsley Elementary School.The 2003-2004 school year marks the first year of reporting by the Colorado Department of Education for Highland Elementary, Wamsley Elementary and Rifle Middle School, grades 5-6.As far as improvements, the district says it intends to stress teaching to the Colorado State Standards at all levels and designing classroom assessment that assists teachers in helping their students improve daily.”It’s pretty obvious to us that we need to spend more time on really important standards that a child needs to know before they move on to the next grade level,” Pack said. “But we feel like we have a lot of strengths and a lot of focus on learning. We know we have the systems in place.”With the passage of the $2.7 million mill levy override in the November general election, the district has already hired 15 paraprofessionals to assist in handling large class sizes, which have been dealt with by a limited staff.”We realize that student achievement is a partnership with parents and communities, and we encourage all parents to become involved in the educational process,” Pack said. “Parents are always welcome to contract their child’s teacher for suggestions on how to assist their child in the classroom.””We realize that student achievement is a partnership with parents and communities, and we encourage all parents to become involved in the educational process,” Pack said. “Parents are always welcome to contract their child’s teacher for suggestions on how to assist their child in the classroom.”
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