State honors 11 schools for achievement

Eleven central Western Slope schools received statewide honors Tuesday at an awards ceremony hosted by the Colorado Department of Education in Denver.

Appleton Elementary in Grand Junction, Basalt Middle School, Graham Mesa Elementary in Rifle, Grand Valley High School in Parachute, North Fork Montessori School in Hotchkiss, Palisade High School, Paonia Elementary School, Ridgway High School, and Scenic Elementary in Grand Junction were among 130 Colorado schools that received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement award this year. The award goes to schools that exceed state expectations in year-to-year student growth in Transitional Student Assessment Program (TCAP) test scores.

Nisley Elementary in Grand Junction was the sole central Western Slope winner of the state’s Centers of Excellence award this year. Nineteen Colorado schools received the award, which honors schools that have the highest rates of continual growth in student TCAP scores. At least 75 percent of students at a school have to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals due to financial need in order for the school to be considered for the award.

The John Irwin award for high scores on TCAP tests went to 178 schools, including New Emerson in Grand Junction, North Fork Montessori School, and Ridgway High School. North Fork Montessori also was among eight schools that earned an ESEA Reward School award this year for being a Title I school that both achieved high scores and experienced a great deal of growth on TCAP tests. Title I schools are those where at least half of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

The CDE also recognized 16 Colorado school districts at Tuesday’s ceremony for earning the state’s highest accreditation for exceeding state goals in TCAP performance, growth and other indicators: Accredited with Distinction. Five of those districts are on the Western Slope: Aspen 1, Ouray R-1, Ridgway R-2, Steamboat Springs Re-2, and Telluride R-1.

The other districts accredited with distinction are Academy 20, Cheyenne Mountain 12, Hinsdale County Re-1, Kiowa C-2, Lewis-Palmer 38, Littleton 6, North Park R-1, Plateau Re-5, Platte Canyon 1, Salida and Weldon Valley Re-20(J).


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