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Middle school, Strawberry Park retain excellent ratings

Steamboat schools rank among top 8 percent in state

Melinda Mawdsley

— Steamboat Springs Middle School, Strawberry Park Elementary School and the North Routt Community Charter School’s middle school were rated “Excellent” by the Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday.

The middle school and Strawberry Park retained their status as “Schools of Excellence” meaning they are among the best middle schools and elementary schools, respectively, in the state.

“Our students, teachers and parents should take great pride in receiving this recognition,” Principal Tim Bishop said.

The Department of Education’s SARs are based on each school’s Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, scores. The 2006 CSAP scores were compared with schools from across the state to determine the SARs for the 2005-06 school year.

The Steamboat Springs High School received a rating of high, which was a decline from last year’s excellent rating.

“Anytime you decrease in any academic measure it is disappointing,” high school principal Mike Knezevich said. “With that being said, we are making great strides with our curriculum development, use of common assessments and analysis of data that will lead to increased student achievement in the future on multiple academic measures.”

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Soda Creek Elementary School retained its “high” rating from a year ago.

Soda Creek, the high school and Strawberry Park did see a decline in their CSAP scores from a year ago.

“We are very pleased that we were able to retain our status as a School of Excellence,” Strawberry Park Principal Mark MacHale said. “Based upon our CSAP scores, we know that we have some work to do this year. Our goal, as always, is to continue to provide the best education as possible to every student at Strawberry Park.”

Based upon the ratings at the district’s four Steamboat schools, coupled with the significant improvements made in North Routt, the district’s six public schools are all rated high or excellent this year.

Last year, the North Routt Community Charter School’s middle school was rated high and the North Routt Community Charter School’s Elementary School was rated low. This year, the elementary school achieved a high rating.

The CSAPs are administered to all public school children in grades 3 through 12.

Colleen Poole, head of school, was given the news via telephone Tuesday morning.

“I had not even seen them,” Poole said. “That’s great. We worked really hard to get them there.”

Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell said the district’s SARs reflect a commitment to accountability at the local and state level.

“Our ratings are the result of the talent and dedication of our teachers and support staff, and the support that we receive from parents and the community,” she said.

The Colorado Department of Education assigns ratings according to the following breakdown the top 8 percent of the rank-ordered schools in each distribution receive an excellent rating; the next 25 percent receive a high rating; the next 40 percent receive an average rating; the next 25 percent receive a low rating, and the bottom 2 percent receive an unsatisfactory rating.

Hayden Valley Elementary School and South Routt Elementary School both received ratings of high.

Hayden Middle School, Hayden High School, the Soroco Middle School and the Soroco High School were all rated average.

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