Reports rate academic performance, growth

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Report cards for Routt County's public schools will be released today by the Colorado Department of Education.

The School Accountability Reports, or SARs, rate schools on academic performance and growth, based on standardized test results from the 2005-06 school year. The ratings will be released at 11 a.m. today.

"SAR ratings are one more piece of information that we can use to rate the improvement of our schools," said Kelly Stanford, director of curriculum and instruction for the Steamboat Springs School District.

The Department of Education uses student test scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAPs, to determine whether a school falls into the following categories: excellent, high, average or unsatisfactory.

Last year, Strawberry Park Elementary School, Steamboat Springs Middle School and Steamboat Springs High School earned the state's top rating.

Soda Creek Elementary School earned a rating of high.

The North Routt Community Charter Schools received a low performance rating at the elementary level and high rating at the middle school level. The North Routt Community Charter School is within the Steamboat Springs School District, so it takes the CSAP tests, but the school's enrollment is small enough that a few students can skew results.

In South Routt, Soroco Middle School jumped from low to average in 2005, and Soroco High School moved from average to high.

South Routt Elementary School maintained its high performance rating.

Hayden Valley Elementary School received a low rating in 2005-06. Hayden Middle School and Hayden High School received average ratings for the 2005-06 school year.

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