Moffat County schools, district accredited, commended

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For School Board action items from its Thursday night meeting, read the Saturday Morning Press.

— The Moffat County School District will remain accredited for another year, Superintendent Pete Bergmann announced at a board meeting Thursday night.

Shortly after the announcement, the School Board moved to accredit all schools in the district.

The report Bergmann held in his hand during the vote told a more detailed story.

The state accreditation report to the district indicated Moffat County schools came close to achieving all its Adequate Yearly Progress goals and sustains effective programs.

Yet, the district still has room for improvement, according to the report.

The district was commended for its professional development program, its academic intervention programs and its goal alignment from the district to individual schools.

The state also noted the district's increased English Language Learning staff. English Language Learners made "significant growth in Reading, Writing, and Math CSAP assessments," the report read.

The state's findings are "a compliment to our ELL program," Bergmann said.

Finally, the report commended the district for reaching all but one of its AYP goals.

"The district is commended for meeting or exceeding 78 of 79 AYP achievement goals and its continuing commitment to learning for all children," the report read.

But because the district didn't make all of its goals, it did not attain AYP for the 2006-07 school year.

The state's message to the district is "finish the job," Bergmann said.

The report noted other areas of needed improvement.

"The district needs to continue to (design and implement) assessments measuring achievement in all curricular areas," the report read, adding that most test areas were complete.

Bergmann estimated these assessments would be finished by year's end.

The state also suggested the district "establish goals to close the achievement gap of Hispanic students," the report read.

There are achievement gaps between Hispanic and white students in CSAP reading, writing and math tests, it reported.

Although the district has set goals for closing achievement gaps for Special Education students, English Language Learners and gifted and talented program participants, the district didn't present evidence to "indicate specific, measurable goals" were in place for other groups, according to the report.

The district and school accreditations were part of the state's three-part school accountability system, Bergmann said.

Another part of that system is the state-issued School Report Card, released in November.

According to the report card, all schools in the district were rated average - a score that could be improved, Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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