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Colorado school district ratings released

Colorado Department of Education officials this week released new state ratings for districts, as required under the Education Accountability Act of 2009.

Go to Education News Colorado where you can click in the “district” box to see how your district fared. Or find all districts sharing common ratings by clicking in the “final rating” box.

Five ratings are possible for districts, rural areas overseen by Boards of Cooperative Educational Services or BOCES, the Charter School Institute and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Altogether, the state gave out 182 final ratings – initial ratings were subject to negotiations.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 8 percent, or 14 districts, received the highest rating of accredited with distinction. These districts meet or exceed statewide performance indicators. The list includes Academy District 20, Aspen, Cheyenne Mountain 12 and Littleton, the only metro area district to make the cut.
  • 53 percent, or 97 districts, received the next highest rating of accredited, meaning they meet statewide performance indicators. This includes Jefferson County, Douglas County, Cherry Creek, Boulder, Fort Collins and St. Vrain.
  • 26 percent, or 47 districts, received the rating of accredited with improvement plan, meaning they must complete a plan to improve but those plans aren’t subject to approval by the Colorado Department of Education. This includes Adams 12 Five Star, Aurora and Colorado Springs D-11.
  • 9 percent, or 17 districts, are rated accredited with priority improvement plan, meaning they must file improvement plans by Jan. 15 for CDE review and approval. This includes the Charter School Institute, Pueblo City and Denver, the only one of the state’s ten largest districts to receive this low rating.
  • 4 percent, or 7 districts, received the lowest rating of accredited with turnaround plan and also are subject to the Jan. 15 deadline and CDE approval. Four of the seven districts with this rating are in the metro area –Adams 14 Commerce City, Englewood, Sheridan and Adams 50 Westminster.

Read more at Education News Colorado.

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