Our View: Tipping our caps to school district’s great distinction
September 16, 2012
The Steamboat Springs School District and the overall performance of its students continues to impress, as demonstrated by this week's news that for the third consecutive year the school system achieved the highest rating given by the state of Colorado.
Say what you will about standardized tests — and we're on record as pushing the district to better use the data from those test results — but there can be no doubt that Steamboat boasts one of the best school districts in the state. Being rated as "accredited with distinction" puts Steamboat in the top 10 percent of the 178 districts across Colorado. The ratings are based on student academic growth and how well districts prepare students for a career or postsecondary education after high school, measures that are determined by student scores on the Transitional Colorado Student Assessment Program and the ACT.
A lot goes into the quality of a school system, including the strength of teachers and support staff as well as building and district-level administrators, parental involvement, strength of curriculum, quality of facilities and educational tools and community support, to name just a few. It's no secret that Steamboat has all those things; it's just sometimes easy to take for granted.
The quality of our schools does more than provide a strong foundation for future student success. Having one of the best districts in the state is an economic development tool because of its ability to attract new residents, particularly those seeking a high quality of life in resort communities such as ours. In that sense, the strength of our school system is as valuable an asset as technology infrastructure when it comes to attracting the coveted location-neutral businesses and employees to Steamboat Springs.
That gives us just one more reason to tip our caps to the Steamboat Springs School District and all the hard-working teachers, staff and administrators, dedicated parents and supportive community that help to make it a great place to send our children to school each day.