School improvement plan presentations begin in Re-1
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The first round of local school improvement plans will be presented to the Roaring Fork Re-1 school board Wednesday evening, as part of a new school accountability process required by state education officials.
The plan presentations are in follow-up to school performance ratings issued by the Colorado Department of Education in December.
School districts and individual schools are now rated each year based on a new point system that, over a period of years, measures academic achievement, academic growth and gaps in achievement between different groups of students.
Wherever a school ranked in the points system, they were required to prepare either a “turnaround,” “priority improvement,” “improvement” or “performance” plan.
In the Roaring Fork School District Re-1, seven schools will present performance plans (Glenwood Springs Middle and High schools, Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Carbondale Community School, and all three Basalt schools); four are to submit improvement plans (Sopris Elementary in Glenwood, Carbondale Middle School, Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale and Bridges High School), and one (Glenwood Springs Elementary) will submit a priority improvement plan.
No Re-1 schools were required to submit a turnaround plan.
During the regular Re-1 school board meeting Wednesday, beginning at 4:15 p.m., four schools are scheduled to present their plans, including Glenwood Elementary, Carbondale Middle, Basalt High and Bridges High schools.
Each presentation is to be 20 minutes, followed by questions from the board. The meeting will take place at the District Office in Glenwood Springs.
Next up in the presentation schedule will be Sopris Elementary, Basalt Middle, Glenwood High and Carbondale Community schools on Jan. 26; and Basalt Elementary, Glenwood Middle, Roaring Fork High and Crystal River Elementary on Feb. 9.
The new performance standards were approved by state lawmakers last year. The points-system ratings replaced the former school report cards that used to rank schools from excellent to unsatisfactory.
After the local school board hears the presentations, the school plans will be sent to the state.
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