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Hayden, Soroco schools’ ratings unchanged

Brent Boyer

Individual school ratings for the Hayden and South Routt school districts generally remained identical to last year’s.

Performance ratings went unchanged in South Routt, where the district’s elementary school and high school retained ratings of “high,” according to the state’s annual School Accountability Reports released Wednesday. Soroco Middle School received a rating of “average,” as it did for the 2001-02 school year. The reports reflect school performance for the 2002-03 school year.

The ratings, based on student scores on Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, are an important indicator of district performance, South Routt Superintendent Steve Jones said.

“I’m not interested in diminishing the importance of (the School Accountability Reports),” Jones said. “It’s very important to our school district.”

The South Routt School Board and Jones expect improvement and want all three schools to consistently earn ratings of high or better, Jones said. Excellent is the only rating above high.

The district is particularly focusing on improvement at the middle school. The district hired an additional middle school teacher this year. It also has implemented a new assessment program and increased its ability to use assessment data to directly improve individual student performance, Jones said.

“We will not be satisfied with average,” he said. “We’re committed to getting all our schools to (a rating of) high. I anticipate we will make progress with our middle school.”

Jones said it was hard to compare the performance of the South Routt School District with that of the Steamboat Springs School District because of size and demographic differences. When compared to similar districts, South Routt performs very well, he said.

All three Hayden School District schools received a rating of average. The average rating represented a decline in performance for the elementary school, which was rated high for the 2001-02 school year.

Hayden Superintendent Scott Mader said he was able to anticipate the ratings after the release of CSAP scores earlier this year.

“It was no surprise to me,” Mader said. “We already have put some things in place because of this.”

The district is implementing new assessment tests throughout its schools in an effort to provide instant analysis of student performance and pinpoint where education efforts to aid individual student instruction can best be focused, Mader said.

“We’re doing some things we think are going to help us,” he said. “Of course our goal is to get to (ratings of) high and excellent. We want to continually improve.”

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