School district meets state accreditation requirements

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The Hayden School District is meeting the state's accreditation requirements and will continue to be accredited by the Colorado Department of Education, according to a report submitted to the district late last year.

The seven-page report commended the 488-student district for improving its school-level goals, its efforts to improve student achievement in math, implementing a safe schools plan, offering college-level courses and providing the "creative" cyber school option for high school students seeking an alternative educational setting.

The accreditation review report is part of a relatively new state effort to monitor its 178 school districts annually to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and specific accreditation requirements, including evidence of an effort to close achievement gaps.

A team of regional educators and a CDE official conducted the accreditation review last winter and completed its report in November.

The review team expressed concern about the district's decline in Colorado Student Assessment Program writing test scores in 2004 and recommended that the district develop a master improvement plan, continue efforts to close the achievement gap between male and female students and provide evidence of student progress in other subject areas.

The state requires all of its public school districts to be accredited with the CDE to receive funding. The Hayden School District is operating under an accreditation contract that runs through June 2007.

The Steamboat Springs and South Routt school districts also received accreditation review reports late last year. The reports for those districts, which were detailed in a story that appeared in Thursday's Steamboat Today, stated both school systems remain in good standing with the state.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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