Schools score high on their report card
Summit County, CO ColoradoSUMMIT COUNTY – High grades dominated Summit County schools’ annual report cards, according to the School Accountability Report state education officials released Tuesday.In overall academic performance in the 2005/2006 school year, six of the eight schools received a rating of High, one received Excellent and one was rated Average. Each school received the same grade as last year with the exception of Dillon Valley Elementary. They climbed from Average to High – rankings the school has wavered between for six years.”We attribute our schools’ strong showing to our hard-working students, committed staff and dedicated parents and volunteers,” said superintendent of schools Millie Hamner.The accountability report is a state assessment based on CSAP scores, a test that includes reading, writing, math and science. Each school is designated an overall rating based on the five-category scale of Unsatisfactory, Low, Average, High and Excellent.The report also looks at an overview of safety and the school environment and compares each school to others within a 75-mile radius. In general, Summit County schools ranked the same or higher than those in the comparison.Additionally, the report showed that the drop-out rate at the high school improved from 3.1 percent during the 2003/ 2004 school year to 2.8 percent last year. In the elementary schools, each of the attendance rates, about 93 to 95 percent, dropped slightly with the exception of Summit Cove, which increased slightly.
Concerning academic growth of students, the results labeled Dillon Valley as Significant Improvement, Summit Cove as Improvement, Summit Middle as Decline and the rest as Stable.Overall academic performance and academic growth are part of the School Performance Summary that is determined through a complex formula combining CSAP test scores for students in all grades and all content areas, according to a press release.About the report’s results, Hamner said, “This is an important measure of school success, but a fairly narrow measure of school success.”She added that while she is not discounting the fact that the district did well, she believes the measure of a school’s success is defined more broadly. The arts, music, social studies and community service are important and valuable components to success, she said.Robin Ziperman, director of technology for the district, agrees that this is just one evaluation piece.”It is a single measure,” she said. “That rating is only based on CSAP tests. We’re much more than CSAP.”The district has already looked at the data from last year’s test scores when they were released in the summer. They used the individualized information to assess strengths and weaknesses of programs, Ziperman said.As in past years, each school’s report and the district’s annual report will be sent home to parents, according to a press release. The state reports can also be viewed at http://www.state.co.us/schools.
Summit County school’s overall academic performance on the School Accountability Report:School2004/20052005/2006Breckenridge ElementaryHighHighDillon Valley ElementaryAverageHighFrisco ElementaryHighHighSilverthorne ElementaryAverageAverage
Upper Blue ElementaryHighHighSummit MiddleHighHighSummit HighHighHighTo get the full report on each school visit http://www.state.co.us/schools and under “List Search” click on Summit County.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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