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State honors Aspen School District

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Aspen School District was honored by the state of Colorado Thursday as “Accredited with Distinction,” one of only 14 districts statewide to receive the award.

The 14 high-performing districts – out of 183 total school districts and school organizations that received accreditation ratings – were identified under the state’s new accountability system. According to the Colorado Department of Education, the new system uses an expanded set of indicators and places emphasis on academic growth and success in preparing students for college and career readiness.

“The rise to an outstanding school district did not happen by accident nor did it happen overnight. It happened because of board and administrator leadership, teacher and staff dedication, community support, and parent involvement over an extended period of time,” Aspen Superintendent Jon Maloy wrote in a letter to parents. “This synergy doesn’t come easily in most school districts and is rarely sustained when it does occur, especially when issues of budget shortfalls exist from year to year causing potential teacher cuts and quality programs and services to be reduced.”

Maloy accepted the recognition from Gov. Bill Ritter during a ceremony in Denver on Thursday.

Other Colorado districts “Accredited with Distinction” include Steamboat Springs and Telluride. For more information, visit http://www.schoolview.org/PerformanceFrameworks.asp.