Accountability report shows district progress in last five years

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The Moffat County School District accountability reports were sent out in the mail last week and the message from the superintendent in the report reads: "Moffat County School District is doing a better job educating our students than we were five years ago."

While some areas still need significant improvement, like math, Superintendent Pete Bergmann said he is confident in the direction the school district is moving.

"If we look at the assessment data, which was started five years ago, we show steady improvement in student achievement," he said. "That's a reflection of the school improvement efforts over the last five years."

In comparing last year's Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores to the year before, all schools but one in the district remained stable or improved. And all but one are rated in the average, excellent

or high categories on student

assessment testing.

Dinosaur Elementary School was the only school that declined, and received an unsatisfactory rating.

Bergmann has said steps are being taken to improve achievement at Dinosaur Elementary School, including the hiring of additional personnel.

"Our goal is to have all of our schools' academic performance rating in the high or excellent range," he said.

But, overall, he said the plans in place have schools moving in the right direction.

"Our schools are improving in academic achievement," he said. "It is important that we set high standards for our schools; the community of Craig should expect nothing

but the best."

But it takes money to do that.

Bergmann said during a time in which several school districts in the state are in the headlines for financial problems, Moffat County School District is not.

"We're fiscally sound," Bergmann said of the school district. "We have a funding system based on local taxes but we are a fiscally sound district. That can be attributed to the voters a approving a mill levy increase in 1997."

Other information available in the annual reports, which were sent out in the mail last week, and are available at the Moffat County School Administration building, include:

  • District goals in different curriculum areas.
  • Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) results.
  • ACT and SAT testing results.
  • An update on technology in the district.
  • What 2002 graduates did after graduation.
  • Percentage of honor class students.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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