Intermediate school gets help with Adequate Yearly Progress |

Intermediate school gets help with Adequate Yearly Progress

Christina M. Currie

When Craig Intermediate School didn’t make adequate yearly progress, it set in motion a series of events geared toward making the school the best it can be.

Since then, an outside review team from the Colorado Department of Education has visited the school to evaluate its assets and make recommendations for change.

The money to do so was provided by the state because two CIS student groups failed to meet state standards for Adequate Yearly Progress.

AYP is calculated using Colorado Student Assessment Program scores. In order for a school district to meet AYP, all schools within the district must meet established standards, and in order for a school to meet the standards, every sub-group within that school must meet established performance targets.

The Moffat County School District has 73 sub-groups. Of those, 71 sub-groups met the standards. The two sub-groups that did not were students with disabilities at Craig Intermediate School.

The outside review team commended the school for its culture, leadership and structure.

Specifically, the team noted the dedicated staff, the friendly students and the welcoming climate.

Principal Don Davidson was complimented as being positive, caring and effective.

“There are many examples of the principal and staff members going ‘the extra mile,'” the report reads.

While the positives were noted, there was much focus on the challenges the school faced.

“Utilizing the strengths that exist, the School Support Team is confident the Craig Intermediate School can face the challenges,” the report reads.

The goal is to shift the school to a performance and results-based teaching and learning environment.

Recommendations included:

Continue the process to identify essential learnings and develop common assessments

Use data on student performance to influence classroom practices

Ensure classroom learning is meaningful and engaged.

Apply a variety of instructional strategies and differentiated instruction by all teachers so that all students, regardless of the proficiency level, learning style and developmental level, can learn challenging material, attain proficiency and beyond and realize success in their achievement.

“The overall goal of the school and district is to function as an effective learning community and that a climate conducive to performance excellence is supported,” the report reads.

Davidson said the recommendations will be placed into the school’s goals. The school was given $10,000 to complete the study and $100,000 to use throughout the 2005-06 school year.

The results of the survey are summarized in a 100-page document, 10 pages of which are recommendations.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or by e-mail

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