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Testing the school district yields an ‘A’

Kids get nervous when it’s time for a test, and you can bet the adults who run the schools do, too.

When the Colorado Department of Education, the state agency that oversees public schools, came to Glenwood Springs in March for the annual review of the Roaring Fork School District, it was like a test for district administrators.

And they passed with flying colors.

Based on 11 indicators, state evaluators called Roaring Fork “a model for other school districts in the state.”

This is particularly good news at a time when the district is under pressure to meet state educational standards while dealing with a growing percentage of students who are learning English.

It’s great to know that by the state’s measure, the hard work being done by students, teachers and administrators is paying off with positive results.

Testing the school district, a process called accreditation, involves a close look at student test scores and drop-out rates, comparing this year’s results to those from previous years.

The evaluators found that most kids made more than a year’s progress within the preceding year. That’s exactly what had to happen for the district to stay in good standing with the state.

The district scored high on the number of graduates who become the first in their families to go to college, and also on its outreach to parents of non-English-speaking students.

Now it looks like other districts with growing populations of non-English-speakers will be looking to Roaring Fork as a guide for how to do things right.

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