Routt County school district data accessible through new website
Steamboat Springs — Data about Colorado school districts is available in a single online location.
The Steamboat Springs School District last week made a letter available to parents that informs them about its district and school performance reports. The reports are available through the Colorado Department of Education’s SchoolView portal at http://www.schoolview.org.
Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said the district was required to make the information available to parents and members of the community, but that’s not the only reason to share it.
“I think the schools belong to the community,” she said. “The more transparent we are with the information we have and the work we do, the better.”
SchoolView makes several types of information about groups of students, schools and districts available for review. For instance, anyone who accesses Steamboat’s report could see that 85.7 percent of sixth-graders scored proficient or advanced on the math portion of the 2009-10 Colorado State Assessment Program test, exceeding the state average of 61.4 percent. They also could learn that 88.3 percent of students graduated after the 2008-09 school year. Or they could see that 96.4 percent of the district’s teachers met requirements in 2008 to be considered “highly qualified.”
Those are just examples of the vast amounts of information available on SchoolView.
The Colorado Department of Education launched SchoolView in 2009 to make school-related information available to the public.
Rich Wenning, associate commissioner of education for the Colorado Department of Education, said SchoolView was a requirement of the Education Accountability Act of 2009. But from a practical standpoint, Wenning said the state wanted to create a one-stop shop for school-related data.
“We think it’s a really important state role to provide engaging, useful information to the public,” he said. “SchoolView does that for Colorado. And we’re always looking for ways to improve it.”
Wenning said a new version of SchoolView that includes more data was released in November. He said information accessible in the district and school performance reports is available in the same online location for the first time.
Some of the information in the report is from the 2009-10 school year. Other data sets are from the 2008-09 school year.
Wenning said new information is posted to the report when it is availabile. He said the information is posted online within 90 days from the time it’s available, a requirement of the legislation.
Information for the Hayden and South Routt school districts also is available by visiting SchoolView.
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