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News Release - Schools Receive Improvement and Excellence Awards

March 22, 2011

News Release

Schools Receive “Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards” and “John Irwin Schools Of Excellence Awards”

The Colorado Department of Education announced today that 153 schools in Colorado have been recognized with the “Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards” and 151 schools received the “John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper said, “The state is proud to recognize the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the staff and students at these schools.”

The Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards recognizes the top 8 percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. A list of schools is available at:

The John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards recognizes the top 8 percent of public schools that demonstrate the highest achievement on statewide assessments. A list of 2009-2010 award-winning schools is available at:

“These schools and communities are putting in the extra effort,” said Associate Commissioner Richard Wenning. “They are making a difference for students. We celebrate your contributions and thank you for setting a great example for other schools.”

The “John Irwin School Awards Program” and “Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards Program” were established by statute in 2000.

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