Rifle school’s improvement rewarded

Highland Elementary School in Rifle is one of five schools in Colorado that showed substantial enough improvement in student tests to be removed recently from a list of facilities required to develop improvement plans.

Highland had been placed on the probationary status after failing to meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress measurement for any one content area two years in a row. It got off the list by meeting the measurement standards two years in a row.

In a news release from Garfield School District No. Re-2, Highland principal Alan Dillon said improvement resulted from effort such as devoting staff time to individual student needs and to once- or twice-weekly grade-level teacher planning involving an academic coach.

The school district also is praising Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle for achieving high-growth, high-achievement status under the separate state school-accountability system. The accomplishment came after the school failed to meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress goals when it first opened for the 2008–09 academic year.


DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says law enforcement received almost 2,800 anonymous tips from students about potentially dangerous situations through a messaging program implemented in the 2004-2005 school year.

Suthers says the Safe2Tell program has been instrumental in preventing or putting a stop to problems at schools, including gang issues, bullying and student harassment.


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