teachers across the country to receive the Amgen Science Teaching Excellence Award.
Fact-finding report released
Jeffco Public Schools and the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) engaged a third-party fact-finder to help the two sides reach an agreement over teacher compensation for the 2014-15 school year. The fact-finding process involved a day-long hearing on Saturday, Aug. 16 when both sides presented their positions on compensation. At issue is whether to give salary increases to teachers who are rated partially effective based on the district’s evaluation system.
While the fact-finder’s report recommends that teachers rated partially effective receive a pay increase this year, the district has consistently expressed a belief that there should be an effective teacher in every classroom. The district provides professional development for those teachers who are given a rating of partially effective or ineffective. During the 2013-14 school year, only 89 Jeffco teachers out of more than 5,000 had a partially effective or ineffective evaluation rating. There is an $18.2 million placeholder in the district’s 2014-15 budget earmarked for compensation increases. Read More
Jeffco schools exceeds state in TCAP
The 2013-14 TCAP results show Jeffco's percentage of advanced and proficient students continues to outperform the state in each content area and all grade levels. Overall, Jeffco students meet or exceed the typical 50th percentile in reading, writing and math.
“In math, we saw great gains with our Jeffco eighth and ninth graders who gained three to four points in proficiency from last year,” said Jeffco Chief Academic Officer Syna Morgan. “Jeffco continued to outpace the state on the Colorado ACT scores by raising the score from 21.2 in 2013 to 21.5 in 2014.”;
Jeffco’s 2014 TCAP advanced/proficient performance remained relatively stable, with some slight increases or decreases, typically one percentage point, in some areas. The district’s overall 2014 TCAP Median Growth Percentile in reading rose by 1 percentile from last year, increasing to the 52nd percentile.
Other highlights from Jeffco's 2013-14 TCAP scores include:
- District writing TCAP performance maintained typical growth in the 50th percentile for 2014.
- District math growth has maintained the 55th percentile for the past three years.
Find Jeffco’s entire TCAP results by visiting the Colorado Department of Education website.
Conifer High School student developing impressive career as photojournalist
Conifer High School student Forrest Czarnecki really knows his way around a camera. Not only is Czarnecki a staff photographer for the Lobo Legend at his school, he freelances at Evergreen area newspapers. Czarnecki already has some impressive connections as a student member of the White House News Photographers Association. In November, he will be heading to Washington, D.C. for a Journalism Education Association National Convention.
Watch a video about this talented student.
Chalk Talk - parent newsletter published
Jeffco families can stay informed about the latest news from the school district by reading Chalk Talk, the e-newsletter for Jeffco parents and guardians. Chalk Talk is sent to approximately 80,000 family email addresses each month. See the latest edition here.
Engage Jeffco Schools
The district is always looking for ways to better connect with the people who have an interest in our schools. We also understand that attending a meeting to make your voice heard is not always possible. We searched for another way to connect with our community and we think we have found it. We offer an online discussion forum Engage Jeffco Schools.