Schools score well on reports

Steamboat High School misses Adequate Yearly Progress goal

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At a glance

Adequate Yearly Progress reports

Soda Creek Elementary School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Strawberry Park Elementary School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Steamboat Springs Middle School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Steamboat Springs High School: N(math), N*(reading)

South Routt Elementary School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Soroco Middle School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Soroco High School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Hayden Valley Elementary School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Hayden Middle School: Y(math), Y(reading)

Hayden High School: Y(math), Y(reading)

North Routt Charter School: Y(math), Y(reading)

AYP is calculated using data from the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, and is required under the national No Child Left Behind initiative to make 100 percent of students proficient in reading and math by the 2013-14 school year.

*Steamboat Springs High School's score was calculated in two ways - as an individual school and as the high school score for the Steamboat Springs School District. A slight difference in the number of students included in each of those tests resulted in different results. When considered as an individual school, the high school met the state's goals in reading. When considered in the district, the high school students did not meet the state reading goals. Overall, the district did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress goals.

— The schools of Routt County fared well on annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports from the Colorado Department of Education, but because of one goal left unmet, the Steamboat Springs School District failed to meet the state's goals.

The Hayden and South Routt school districts met all of the state's goals, even though a change in scoring practices meant only 60 percent of Colorado schools met AYP, a decrease from 75 percent last year.

AYP is calculated using data from the Colorado Student Assessment Program and is required under the national No Child Left Behind initiative to make 100 percent of students proficient in reading and math by the 2013-14 school year.

Steamboat Springs High School failed to meet goals in reading and math for students with disabilities, leaving the district without the AYP designation. Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said the small size of the district caused small changes in test scores to weigh heavily on the district's overall performance.

"The only area (not met) was high school reading and math in one subsection: students with disabilities. Because of the numbers, unfortunately for small districts, it can be one or two students" who affect district scores, she said.

High school Principal Kevin Taulman said he has been working with teachers to create programs for at-risk students.

"We've been aware of this for a while, and we've talked to our staff about it. We're in the process of working with our staff to analyze where the downfalls might have come, and really try to work on those students to increase their growth so we can get them back on track," he said. "But it's for all students, not just a matter of making sure those students have growth but that all students have adequate growth."

Students with disabilities had the same AYP proficiency targets as students without disabilities.

In the high school, 78 percent of students with disabilities met the goals for reading, and 47 percent met goals for math. The tests considered 37 students for reading and 36 for math. To be considered proficient, 90 percent of students with disabilities would have had to meet goals in reading and 74 percent in math.

Overall, 95 percent of Steamboat Springs High School students met goals in reading, and 88 percent met the goals in math.

Taulman said he mostly was pleased with the overall test results and is not concerned about not meeting the AYP.

"I'm not real concerned about not making AYP. It's one of those things I just want to focus on moving forward and everybody's doing well," he said.

JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler, the district's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, said the district already has started work on ensuring the students meet the goals for next year.

"I was concerned because it's that particular population (who didn't meet goals), but we've already started putting things in place to make a change in that," she said. "I'm disappointed we didn't make it in that area but I feel pretty confident that our new things that we've got in place will help us make it next year."

Hilton-Gabeler said the district is using a new data system to track student progress more closely and offer assistance more quickly.

Not meeting the state's goals for one year will not affect the district's programs or funding. If a school fails to meet goals for two consecutive years it is labeled a "school on improvement," and corrective action must be taken.

Comments

Harvey Lyon 6 years, 2 months ago

My feeling, after two have graduated, both in top 10, is our school system is selling the kids short. They may be top 10 in Steamboat but their SATs and ACTs are rather poor as compared to say, Fairfax County, Virginia, or even Denver.

How can one have a 4.0 and average SATs/ACTs? Only by easy schooling....the old grade inflation problem.

I think the problem extends to sports also where we focus on "fun" as opposed to "competition". Hey folks.....unless there's a big trust fund in your family, competition is life and you better be able to function unintimidated. Our coaches either can not, or do not push the kids....or they make excuses about school size in hopes more kids means more talent. Its my belief that Steamboat has more athletically inclined parents and athletically inclined kids, per population, than the vast majority of schools. Our sports programs do mediocre on western slope and seriously falter on front range or out-of-state. It's time for a critical review.......lots of time and lots of money for an after school program.

Both Academically and athletically I believe our beloved RE-2 is leading the kids into a sense of false wellbeing.

Bring It ON!!!!!

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