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News Release - CDE recognizes Districts Accredited with Distinction

Dec. 18, 2012

News Release

CDE recognizes Districts Accredited with Distinction, Centers of Excellence schools and other award winners

The Colorado Department of Education celebrated the 2012 district and school performance results in an awards ceremony today in the Colorado Department of Education lobby at 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Commissioner Robert Hammond honored schools and districts that earned acclaim in four award categories.

The event recognized the 19 districts Accredited with Distinction under the state’s accountability system. See the Nov. 15 news release for more detail: http://bit.ly/Sx7aWh.

The event also recognized recipients of the 2012 Centers of Excellence, Governor’s Distinguished Improvement and John Irwin Schools of Excellence awards.

Established by the Colorado State Legislature, the Centers of Excellence award recognizes schools that demonstrate the highest sustained rates of student longitudinal growth as measured by the Colorado Growth Model among those that have at least 75 percent at-risk students. In 2012, 17 schools earned this award.

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years. In 2012, 145 schools earned this award.

The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. In 2012, 166 schools earned this award.

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