School performance studied

Subcommittee will ask board to look at questions


— A subcommittee of the Steamboat Springs School Board will ask board members tonight to look at some questions about school performance.

"What we're doing is trying to figure out is if the (school) board would like the District Accountability Committee to address questions of 'What is a high performing school?'" said Deb Jansen, co-chairperson of the District Accountability Committee.

Individual school accountability committees have turned in their annual reports to the District Accountability Committee.

The school accountability committees monitor their school's progress throughout the year to determine if the school is meeting its goals.

"We set goals and then we monitor those goals," Jansen said.

Goals address academic achievement and virtues.

School accountability committees weight each of those goals. The matrix scorecard method rates schools' ability to reach its goals on a scale of one to four.

The numerical rating derived from the matrix scorecard method determines pay-for-performance for schools. A rating of one reflects a school's inability to meet any of its goals. Four indicates the school has exceeded its goals.

Efforts have been made to simplify the matrix so all schools are judged by the same criteria.

Principals, teachers and community members sit on the school accountability committees.

Questions about the school calendar, a presentation by Renee Donahue, director of First Impressions, and a continuation of the communication linkages discussion are included on the agenda.

The study session begins at 6 p.m. in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.


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