The Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids Act of 2008 and The Education Accountability Act of 2009 are two pieces of legislation aimed at ensuring Colorado students graduate from high school and are prepared for higher education or success in the work place. These laws established a system that holds school districts and individual schools accountable on a set of consistent, objective measures, including four key performance measures - achievement, growth, closing gaps, and postsecondary/workforce readiness. For districts, the evaluation of overall performance on these indicators leads to an accreditation designation by the state. For schools, the evaluation of overall performance on these indicators leads to the assignment of the type of improvement plan schools will implement.
The Colorado Department of Education issues district and school level Performance Framework Reports which provide a snapshot of the district's or school's performance. You can review Jeffco's accreditation designation on the Colorado Department of Education's Schoolview website. See individual school's accreditation status:
Colorado Growth Model
The Colorado Growth Model measures the academic progress each student has made in a year. However, instead of just saying how many points a student has gained or lost since the previous year, the model tells us how a student’s progress compares to other students with a similar CSAP score history.View the school growth and acheivement data on Colorado Department of Education's SchoolView website.
See also: Understanding Your Child's Academic Progress.
Schools Recognized for Outstanding Achievement
Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes schools that have demonstrated the highest achievement in the state. It is given to the top eight percent of schools in Colorado. See the schools honored in 2012.
The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community.
TCAP is administered in the spring of each year. Each test includes multiple choice, short constructed response, and long constructed response questions. Reading and Writing test sessions take 60 minutes and Math and Science test sessions take 65 minutes. Students are assigned a performance level of Unsatisfactory, Partially Proficient, Proficient, or Advanced.
Assessment and Growth Model Results
The Colorado Department of Education's SchoolView website provides the results for all district and individual school performance data. Additional information about Jeffco Public Schools' performance can be found in the annual report to the community, on each school's online profile.