Performance bonuses in doubt

CSAP scores fall just short of goal

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— Strawberry Park Elementary School staff and the District Accountability Committee need a math decision to settle a score in writing.

According to Strawberry Park's school accountability goals established toward the beginning of the 2002-03 school year, teachers and staff would only qualify for the school's writing portion of a pay for performance award if 80 percent or more of the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders tested at an advanced or proficient level on the Colorado Student Assessment Program writing test.

CSAP test results released two weeks ago show 79.67 percent of Strawberry Park's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are advanced or proficient writers. So when the DAC met last week to determine how pay for performance bonuses would be awarded, it faced a difficult question: whether to round up 79.67 percent to 80 percent, DAC chairperson Deb Jansen said.

In past years, Strawberry Park staff would receive a lesser bonus if students achieved CSAP percentages slightly below the school's goal.

However, last year's school writing goals were written in a manner that rewarded teachers and staff only if the percentage of advanced or proficient writers reached 80.

DAC members reached an impasse on the matter and will look to the Steamboat Springs School Board to decide the issue at tonight's study session.

"The (School) Board needs to discuss whether they want to round the percentages up," Jansen said.

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid also will request a decision from the School Board regarding pay for performance bonuses.

High school CSAP math scores fell below school goals, but were near the top of the state in overall performance.

As it stands, high school teachers will receive only 25 percent of the maximum bonus for math results, Jansen said. Schmid reportedly will ask the School Board to grant additional bonuses based on the school's math performance related to the rest of the state.

Also on tonight's agenda will be a School Board discussion of who should be its general counsel for school law and state law matters, a presentation of the district's CSAP scores by Director of Content Standards Kelly Stanford, an annual report from the North Routt Community Charter School, an update on the Steamboat Springs Middle School expansion project and a discussion of how to appoint new Education Fund Board and Fund Board commission members.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

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