Mid November the accreditation and ratings of Colorado school districts for the year 2012 have been published. I have taken the Colorado Springs area districts and displayed the results below. A great website for further research in regards to Colorado schools is Schoolview.org by the Colorado Department of Education . The site is very well done with a huge amount of information. Take a look at the growth model data display on the site. You can choose only one school district or several and compare data – visually! That’s the interesting part, all data is displayed not in numbers but in a graph. You can compare certain schools, a grade, subject and other factors that are of interest to you. Try it out!
- AWD – Accreditation with Distinction; These districts meet or exceed statewide performance indicators.
- Acc – Accredited; Districts that meet statewide performance indicators.
- AWI – Accredited with Improvement, meaning they must complete a plan to improve but those plans aren’t subject to approval by the Colorado
- AWPI – Accredited with prior Improvement; Districts that must file improvement plans for CDE review and approval.
- AWT – Accredited with Turnaround. Lowest rating, must also file improvement plans for CDE review an approval
This list of ratings came out 3 years ago. If you’d like to see how things have changed then find 2 more years of date buried in the overwhelming amount of resources of the Colorado Dept. or Education. The latest results available are up to 2014. Go directly to the stat’s page . Take me straight to the interactive data/results page of Colorado – if you are a bit of a data geek like me you’ll enjoy this one as well.
I am also thrilled to see that the Dept. of Education in Colorado has discovered Twitter and is using this medium very well. Recently @coeddept in cooperation with @edinitiativeco had a twitter [party] chat: #edcolochat This might be a great way to exchange ideas with others, ask questions and get answers. KUDOS, Colorado Dept of Education!
- % points: Point ratings – Elementary and middle schools are judged by:
- Academic achievement – 25 possible points
- Academic growth – 50 possible points
- Academic growth gaps – 25 possible points
For high schools, the mix is slightly different:
- Academic achievement – 15 points
- Academic growth – 35 points
- Academic growth gaps – 15 points
- Postsecondary and workforce readiness – 35 points
(%Points for the year 2014 below in [ ] )
School District Place(out of 151) Acc Rating % points #Students
Cheyenne Mountain 12 6th AWD 88.1 % [89.3%] 4,481
Lewis Palmer 38 10th AWD 85.1% [ 87.7%] 5,814
Academy 20 12th AWD 83.3% [85.4% ] 23,289
Manitou Springs 14 43rd ACC 73.5% [ 77.3%] 1,471
PEYTON 23 51st ACC 72.5% [74% ] 631
FALCON 49 58th ACC 71.1% [ 70.4%] 14,704
FOUNTAIN 8 86th ACC 68.2% [ 70.2%] 7,402
WIDEFIELD 3 119th AWI 61.6% [58.9% ] 8,793
HARRISON 2 127th AWI 59.7% [66.1% ] 10,694
Colorado Springs 11 58% [57.7%]
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