Preliminary school ratings released

Preliminary school ratings released
Posted on 08/27/2018
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Grand Junction, CO Preliminary Performance Frameworks results released today by the Colorado Department of Education show improvements for several District 51 schools, while also emphasizing the need for student participation in statewide tests. 

Twenty-one schools in District 51 earned the highest Performance Frameworks rating of Performance. Two more schools – Fruita Monument and Palisade high schools – earned the scores for a Performance Plan rating but fell an entire level to the next rating of Improvement because their test participation numbers came in just shy of the required Accountability Participation rate of 95 percent. The Accountability Participation Rate does not include students with exemption forms. 

Performance Frameworks rate schools and districts on a four-level scale using standardized test results, growth in test scores from one year to the next, and how close schools are to closing the gap between subgroups of students that typically struggle with test-taking and their peers. High schools also consider dropout rates, graduation rates, and SAT scores when assigning a frameworks rating. 

The four types of ratings – all of which require creating a plan to continue success or improve performance are:

  • Performance Plan
  • Improvement Plan
  • Priority Improvement Plan
  • Turnaround Plan 

The two schools that were on Turnaround Plans last year are no longer on Turnaround: Fruita 8/9 is now on an Improvement Plan and Fruitvale Elementary moved all the way up to a Performance Plan. Two of the four schools on Priority Improvement last year have also moved up as well (Central High to Improvement, and Tope Elementary to Performance). The state takes action after more than five consecutive years on a Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plan. 

District 51 earned a District Performance Frameworks score for the second consecutive year of Accredited with Improvement Plan, but increased its total score from 51.5% in 2017 to 53.4% in 2018. 

To see preliminary ratings for all schools and districts in Colorado, visit

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