Report: County schools better than statewide |

Report: County schools better than statewide

Steve Lynn
Vail CO, Colorado
School Accountability Report

EAGLE COUNTY ” More than half of Eagle County schools scored “high” on the Colorado Department of Education’s statewide performance reports released Wednesday.

Nine out of 16 schools (56 percent) rated “high” in this year’s report ” double the percentage of schools throughout Colorado (31 percent) that earned the same rating.

“We think we did very well as we look at the overall performance ratings,” said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for Eagle County School District.

The annual School Accountability Reports grade schools on how well students performed in reading, writing, math and science on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests.

Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain high schools scored “high” in “overall performance” out of possible ratings of excellent, high, average, low and unsatisfactory. Overall performance is based on how well the school did on the tests compared to the prior year and also to performance of other schools in the state.

“It does really tell us, as a system of schools, that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mike Gass, director of secondary education.

But the test is just one of many ways to show how well a school is doing, he said. The reports also focuses more on how the school is doing as a whole and less on how individual students are doing, he said.

Battle Mountain High School improved from last year’s overall performance of “average” to “high” this year.

Efforts of teachers and students led to better reading and writing test scores, said Principal Brian Hester.

“We’re improving and it’s starting to show.”

The report also measures academic growth, which is based on how students in individual schools did through several years, almost half of Eagle County schools were “stable” this year.

(Academic growth is rated by “significant improvement,” “improvement,” “stable,” “decline,” “significant decline” and “no growth”).

The goal of the school district is to have ratings of “stable” and up, Gass said.

Battle Mountain High School showed a decline in academic growth in the 2006-2007 school year, as it did the prior year. That decline is due to an increasing number of students who did not score at proficient levels on standardized math tests, Hester said.

“The 10th grade math CSAP test is one of the most difficult of all CSAP tests,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean we can’t improve on it,” Hester said. “We need to improve on it.”

Only one school, Eagle County Charter Academy, scored “excellent” in overall performance and academic growth, as the school did in the 2005-2006 school year.

Statewide, 11.8 percent of schools had the same rating.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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