11 News Continued Coverage: Are Schools Making the Grade?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - New numbers for School District 51 are out, and they stilll aren't making the grade.

Since last year, District 51 schools still rank towards the bottom in the state, one of the worst out of Colorado's bigger districts.

However, District 51 did make a huge jump from the last report something schools officials are pleased with.

All state schools need to be up to par in math and reading to pass standards for the No Child Left Behind Act, and last year only 80% of our local schools were.

The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report details proficiency in math and reading at all schools.

Friday, the new numbers are out and the District still did not meet AYP standards. However, School District is not all doom and gloom about the results.

Sean Taylor is District 51's director of these assessment tests.
He says he is looking at the improvements the schools have made since last year, "We actually hit more targets than we did last year," he says, "It was a good review for us."

The schools have jumped six points. Now, 86% of local schools are doing well in math and reading.

"Through hard work," says a pleased Taylor, "We were able to make some of those improvements."

Math is still a rough subject, though. While two-thirds of the schools passed in reading, only half passed arithmetic, and Taylor says the District is doing whatever they can to add better numbers to their math program.

Click on the link below for the numbers, and you can see how your child's school fared this year.

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