Five D51 schools to accept awards

The Colorado Department of Education will recognize five District 51 schools next week for students’ growth and achievement on Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests.

Gateway School, New Emerson School, Palisade High School and Scenic Elementary will receive the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award Tuesday during a ceremony at the CDE offices in Denver.

This year, 145 Colorado schools will receive the award, which honors schools for having the largest year-to-year growth for three consecutive years in student TCAP scores.

In order to receive the award, schools must improve TCAP scores in the general student population and among students with disabilities, low-income students, minorities and students who are learning English.

Basalt Elementary School, Basalt Middle School, Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle, Glenwood Springs High School, North Fork Community Montessori School in Hotchkiss, Paonia Elementary School and Ridgway High School are among this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award as well.

New Emerson will receive a second award on Tuesday — the John Irwin Award. The 166 schools that will receive the award this year achieved the highest scores in the state and exceeded CDE expectations for academic achievement on TCAP tests.

These schools had to meet or exceed expectations for growth among all demographic groups as well to qualify for the award.

Other John Irwin award-winners this year include North Fork Montessori School and Ridgway High School.

Nisley Elementary School is one of 17 schools statewide that will get the Centers of Excellence award on Tuesday. Recipient schools have the highest TCAP scores and the most TCAP score growth in all demographic groups among schools where at least three-fourths of students are enrolled in the free or reduced-price lunch program.

Nisley had 77.17 percent of its students on free or reduced lunch as of fall 2011.

On spring 2012 TCAP tests, 61 percent of Nisley students scored proficient or better in reading and 57 percent scored proficient or better in math.


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