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DPS Named Top-Performing “Outlier” District

Feb. 1, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, education advocacy group A+ Colorado released the first comprehensive report about the state of academic outcomes for different groups of students in school districts across Colorado.

The Outliers, the 2016 report on the state of Colorado school districts, recognizes school districts that positively change student achievement trends. The report also highlights the districts that best serve students of color, students with disabilities, English-language learners and low-income students.

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg represented the district on a panel discussion about the report, which recognized DPS for making some of the biggest gains in the past four years in English language arts. Superintendent Boasberg was joined on the panel by Andre Spencer, superintendent of the Harrison School District south of Colorado Springs; and Frank Reeves, superintendent of the East Grand School District. Like DPS, Harrison and East Grand also were named “outliers” for success among Colorado districts.

“Investing in our teachers has been a critical part of this growth,” said Boasberg. “We have committed more resources for our teachers to master their complex and important profession.”

The report also singled out a Denver charter school, DSST: Green Valley Ranch, as the only high school in the state where black students scored at least an average of 22 points on the ACT college entrance exam. Read the Chalkbeat Colorado article about interesting findings in The Outliers.

Also on the panel were Van Schoales, CEO of A+ Colorado; Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs; and Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood. Hill is vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and Petterson is chair of the House Education Committee.

For more information and to read the full report, visit