Denver Public Schools is proud of the many schools that earned state and national acclaim in a March 1 ceremony at the Colorado Department of Education.
Among the highlights:
The Colorado Centers of Excellence Award celebrated schools with an at-risk population of at least 75% that that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. Of the total 54 winners, 21 are Denver schools.
The Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the School Performance Framework used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years. Of the total 126 winners, 18 are Denver schools.
The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the School Performance Framework, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. Of the total 178 winners, 18 are Denver schools.
The High School Academic Growth Awards recognizes high schools that demonstrate the highest levels of student academic growth in reading, writing and math, within each classification used by the statewide association for high school activities for the sport of football. Of the total eight winners, three are Denver schools.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools is an award that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Of the total ten winners, one is a Denver school.
The ELPA Excellence Award honors 10 districts and 10 charter schools that achieved the highest growth among English learners in an English Language Proficiency Program and that earned the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of an English Language Proficiency Program. DPS was one of 10 districts to receive the award; nine of the 10 charters statewide to receive the award are Denver schools.
Congratulations to all the winners!
To see a complete listing of all Colorado schools receiving awards, please visit this Colorado Department of Education webpage.