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East Grand accreditation

Jessica Smith

The East Grand School District performed well in its accreditation ratings given out by the Colorado Department of Education.

The accreditation ratings look at one-year and three-year performance reports, which cover topics of reading, writing, science and math. Ratings of performance focus on academic achievement and academic growth (progress).

Nearly every school in East Grand School District achieved the level of Performance, which is the highest possible rating. Indian Peaks Charter School received the second highest rating, Improvement. This means they are in the process of approaching the state expectation, but have not reached it yet.

The district itself also receives a rating, based on its overall performance score. East Grand School District is an Accredited District, scoring 74.2 percent of points possible. This puts it close to the 80 percent and higher score that earns a rating of Distinction.

“It truly takes into account all children, not just the advanced kids,” said Superintendent Nancy Karas, of the District of Distinction rating. “If you can move to District of Distinction, then you have a pretty good sense that your advanced students are being challenged, and the children that are struggling are having their needs met.”

A District of Distinction declares that the district is in the top 5 percent to 8 percent in the state in meeting the needs of all students. This has been East Grand’s goal for several years, for which they implemented a strategic improvement plan. The plan has proven successful so far.

“I believe it’s very attainable,” said Karas.

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