Four "Schools of Distinction" were recognized during the board of education meeting last week. Each of the schools scored 80 percent or higher on key performance indicators that are used to measure educational success — student achievement, overall growth, addressing academic gaps and postsecondary workforce readiness (in high schools only).
The county's "Schools of Distinction" are North Fork Montessori School, Crawford School, Cedaredge High School and, for the fourth straight year, Paonia Elementary School.
Eleven schools achieved "performance" ratings, two are slated for "improvement" and one school is considered "turnaround."
"Growth is key," said assistant superintendent Kurt Clay, who said the two schools required to adopt improvement plans are Hotchkiss K-8 and Delta Opportunity School. Hotchkiss K-8 is one of the highest achieving schools in the district, which makes year-to-year growth harder to demonstrate. But even high-achieving students must be challenged to grow, district administrators said.
The "turnaround" school is the Delta Virtual Academy, which has just 16 students. Enrollment is so small, dropouts are a real issue. Delta Opportunity School targets at-risk students and is measured by different criteria, Clay said.
Learning gaps are identified by student assessments. The subgroups being targeted in Delta County are students on free or reduced lunches; minority students; students with disabilities; English language learners; and students who need to catch up.
The Colorado Department of Education recently highlighted Delta County Joint School District #50 as one of seven school districts statewide successfully closing the minority and poverty gaps (as measured by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches).
The performance frameworks are a central part of the Colorado Department of Education's statewide system of accountability and support. The intent is to hold schools accountable for performance on the same, single set of indicators and measures. State support is available to the lowest performing schools and districts.blog comments powered by Disqus