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Summit schools’ report card shows solid performance

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Most Summit schools scored High in overall performance on their annual report card, according to the School Accountability Reports the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released Wednesday.

Each of the schools received the same or similar ratings for the 2006/2007 school year as they did the previous school year. Five of the eight schools maintained a rating of High. Summit Cove received a rating of Excellent for the fourth year in a row.

Dillon Valley and Silverthorne elementary schools received Average, both missing a High rating by just hundredths of a point.

“While we continue to be proud of our students’ performances on CSAP, we know that test scores are but one measure of our success as a school district committed to offering a well-rounded educational program,” Superintendent Millie Hamner, Ph.D., said in a press release. “We also know that we have work to do,” she continued, adding that the results are used as part of ongoing staff professional learning and collaboration time to better identify how to support each student’s academic achievement.

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The performance level rating of this state assessment is based on Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) scores, a test that includes reading, writing, math and science, and the 11th grade Colorado ACT scores. Each school is designated a rating through a complicated formula that labels them on a five-category scale of Unsatisfactory, Low, Average, High or Excellent.

Throughout the state, 11.8 percent of schools were rated Excellent and 31.2 percent were rated High, both of which were up more than 3 percent from the previous year, according to a press release from the state department of education.

The School Accountability Reports also include information about academic growth of students, staff structure, a taxpayers’ report and overview of safety and school environment.

Concerning academic growth, three of the schools were listed as Stable, two were listed as Improvement and three were listed as Significant Improvement. This is calculated by looking at the scores of students who have taken the test for two years to see what gains they’ve made, according to a press release by the district.

In general for safety and school environment, the elementary schools had little or no safety/discipline incidents, according to the reports. Summit Middle School had two felony assaults, 16 fights, four incidents labeled as possession of dangerous weapons (which can include a pocket knife) and a number of code of conduct violations. Summit High School had nine fights, 10 incidents involving drugs or alcohol and a number of code of conduct violations.

Attendance rates throughout the county stayed about the same, with a percentage in the mid-90s, according to the reports.

Overall, the school accountability reports are not used as a guiding document for the district and do not contain any new information, explained Robin Ziperman, director of technological assessment and professional development. District officials have already had CSAP data for a few months that they’ve thoroughly examined it for information that can help students or improve curriculum, she added.

“We’re still talking about a single measure (of Summit schools),” Ziperman said.

Breckenridge Elementary ” High High

Dillon Valley Elementary ” High Average

Frisco Elementary ” High High

Silverthorne Elementary ” Average Average

Summit Cove Elementary ” Excellent Excellent

Upper Blue Elementary ” High High

Summit Middle ” High High

Summit High ” High High

Breckenridge Elementary ” Stable Improvement

Dillon Valley Elementary ” Significant Improvement Significant Improvement

Frisco Elementary ” Stable Significant Improvement

Silverthorne Elementary ” Stable Stable

Summit Cove Elementary ” Improvement Improvement

Upper Blue Elementary ” Significant Improvement Significant Improvement

Summit Middle ” Decline Stable

Summit High ” Stable Stable


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