|[December 18, 2013]
Colorado School Grades Releases 2013 Rankings of Every Public School in the State
DENVER --(Business Wire)--
Colorado School Grades, an online tool created by a diverse coalition of
18 community organizations, today released its 2013 rankings of every
public school in the state. The rankings, which are available online at http://www.ColoradoSchoolGrades.com,
are intended to help parents, students, educators, and community members
better understand how their local Colorado schools are performing.
Nearly 2,000 Colorado public schools are ranked annually, translating
data from the Colorado Department of Education with a formula developed
with the Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public
Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. By giving every school an
easy-to-understand letter-grade ranking, the Colorado School Grades
coalition offers the simplest and clearest representation of how schools
truly are performing - both good and bad.
"The first step to improving our public schools is to truly understand
how they are performing," said Bob Deibel, president and CEO of
OfficeScapes and co-chair of Colorado Succeeds. "The Colorado School
Grades tool gives parents objective results as to how their local
schools are performing so they can make educated decisions on how to
best create positive changes."
Colorado School Grades represents an alternative to other school rating
systems that are difficult to navigate or offer watered-down
information. For example, the Colorado Department of Education indicates
that more than 70 percent of public schols are "top performers," making
it difficult for parents to understand how their school actually
measures up. Colorado School Grades rates schools on a more rigorous
curve, so the community can understand which schools are truly
performing at the highest levels.
The top-rated elementary schools in Colorado are Bear Creek, Aurora
Quest K-8, Cherry Hills Village, Polaris at Ebert, Cottonwood Creek,
Willow Creek, Horizons K-8, Challenge School, Bradford Intermediate and
Hulstrom Options K-8. All 10 schools are located in the metro Denver
The top-rated middle schools in Colorado are the Challenge School,
Stargate Challenge School, Slavens K-8, Montessori Peaks Charter
Academy, Altona, Core Knowledge Charter School, Aspen Community Charter
School, McAuliffe International School, DSST: Stapleton and Ridgeview
Classical Charter Schools. Seven of the 10 schools are located in the
metro Denver area.
The top-rated high schools in Colorado represent regions across the
state, with only three of the 10 located in the metro Denver area. They
are DSST: Stapleton, The Vanguard School, Liberty Common Charter School,
Denver School of the Arts, Ridgeview Classical Charter Schools, Air
Academy, D'Evelyn, Kiowa, Crested Butte Community School and Thomas
MacLaren State Charter School.
HOW THE GRADES ARE CALCULATED
The Center for Education Policy Analysis at the University of Colorado
Denver's School of Public Affairs developed the Colorado School Grades
formula that is used to calculate school grades. It uses the same
variables and weights as the Colorado Department of Education's School
Performance Framework, which includes data such as a school's academic
achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and, for high
schools, college/career readiness.
The resulting data goes through a grading curve that ranks schools from
top to bottom. The top 10 percent of schools receive an A grade (A+, A
or A-), the next 25 percent receive a B rating, the next 50 percent
receive a C rating, the next 10 percent receive a D rating, and the
bottom five percent receive an F rating.
About Colorado School Grades
Colorado School Grades is an online tool created by a coalition of 18
community organizations that helps Colorado parents, students,
educators, and community members better understand how their local
schools are performing. The goal is to give these groups the information
they need to improve their local schools and make better school-choice
Colorado School Grades coalition members are A+ Denver, ACE
Scholarships, The Adolph Coors Foundation, The Anschutz Foundation,
Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Children's Campaign,
Colorado Succeeds, The Daniels Fund, Donnell-Kay Foundation, Get Smart
Schools, Independence Institute, Qualistar Colorado, Together Colorado,
Morgridge Family Foundation, Professional Association of Colorado
Educators (PACE), Stand for Children, The Urban League of Metropolitan
Denver and Walton Family Foundation.
More information is available online at www.coloradoschoolgrades.com.
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