20 District 51 schools show academic gains
Clifton Elementary School and Dual Immersion Academy met federal guidelines for school improvement for the first time ever last school year.
The two schools were among 20 in School District 51 to make Adequate Yearly Progress, a federal measure of student achievement associated with the No Child Left Behind Act. Sixteen District 51 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-09 school year.
Clifton Elementary School and Dual Immersion Academy are on mandated improvement plans because they did not make adequate progress in previous years. After making progress in 2010, the schools will spend one more year on an improvement plan and will be removed from the improvement list for the 2011-12 school year if they make adequate progress this school year.
Chatfield, Dos Rios and Rocky Mountain elementary schools are in the second year of implementing improvement plans because they failed to meet progress targets for three consecutive years. Schools in the second year of improvement have to provide extra tutoring opportunities, allow students in their boundaries to attend other schools and provide busing to those other schools, and make other adjustments the school wrote into an improvement plan the previous year.
Nearly all District 51 schools met at least 85 percent of adequate yearly progress goals, and 33 out of 41 on the list met 90 percent or more of their goals for 2010.
Schools that made adequate yearly progress for 2009-2010 after missing out in 2008-2009 include Chipeta Elementary School, Fruita Middle School, all grades at Independence Academy and Gateway middle and high schools, as well as Clifton Elementary School and Dual Immersion Academy.