Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to hear improvement plan
January 13, 2011
Steamboat Springs — South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader said the district has created a plan he hopes will lead it to being accredited with distinction in three years.
The School Board will discuss and consider approving the district's unified improvement plan during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the district administrative offices behind Soroco High School in Oak Creek. Submitting a plan to the state is a requirement of the Education Accountability Act of 2009.
The act created a new accreditation process that evaluates whether districts experience academic growth based on certain performance indicators, such as academic achievement, and whether they prepare students for postsecondary education or careers.
The rankings are: accredited with distinction, accredited, accredited with improvement plan and accredited with turnaround plan. South Routt was accredited with improvement plan. The act also requires each district and school to submit a plan, regardless of accreditation ranking.
Mader said teachers and administrators provided input for the unified improvement plan. He said creating the plan has allowed the district to hone in on the root causes for some academic issues and to identify strategies to increase student achievement. For example, Mader said the process revealed that the district needs more periodic assessments in reading at elementary school and probably at the middle school, as well.
The plan is due to the state by Monday. Mader said the Colorado Department of Education would review it and provide feedback. He said a revision, which will be public, would be due back to the state by April 15.
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