Thursday, October 4, 2001
Steamboat Springs If students have been telling parents they haven't gotten their school's report card, their not trying to hide bad grades.
It's the truth. A three-week delay at the state level has kept schools from receiving their first-ever report card, which compares area schools and gives information on teachers, administrators, student performance and school safety.
The major component of the school report cards is the school accountability ratings, a statewide program that compares schools based on third- to 10th-grade Colorado Student Assessment Program scores and 11th grade ACT scores.
Those ratings were released by the state's Department of Education on Sept. 14; the same date schools were expecting to receive the report cards.
Delays from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a computer virus have left a back up at the state level and area schools waiting. Though the report cards have not come by mail, all the schools' report cards can be accessed online at www.state.co.us/schools.
From the CDE's standard assessment office, Teresa Fletcher said the state had contracted the printing of the report cards.
Those contractors had to evacuate their office buildings in downtown Denver during the terrorist attacks, which Fletcher said postponed printing for a few days.
The contractors were handed another setback when their computers were infected with a virus the Nimba worm two weeks ago.
The state has received the report cards from the printer and has been review them to make sure information is correct, Fletcher said.
At 100 report cards a day, those reviews are also holding up delivery.
"They're first-year glitches," Fletcher said. "We want to make sure everything is accurate."
In the past few weeks, television advertisements have been airing throughout the state explaining the report cards and telling parents to expect them in the mail.
But Fletcher said she is not sure when schools should expect to receive report cards.
Steamboat Springs' assistant to the superintendent, Anne Muhme, is not giving a definite date either.
Muhme, who had envelopes addressed and waiting for the Sept. 14 deadline, was told Oct. 3 was the latest deadline given from the state.
But Oct.3, the third deadline the school was given, passed and the report cards have still not arrived.
"I am totally befuddled with the whole thing," Muhme said. "I've stopped worrying about them. When they get here, we'll get them out."
Steamboat is not the only area school without report cards. Hayden and SoroCo school districts are still waiting as well.
Since the Sept. 14 release date, the full report cards could be accessed online through the state's Web site.
Each report card shows how the school fared against its 10 nearest counterparts.
The reports also display charts on individual grade performance regarding each section of the CSAP or ACT and the school's history in these tests.
Parents will also have information on the average salaries of staff, student-to-teacher ratios, and teacher experience.
School safety and taxpayer information is also available.