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

Dec. 3, 2013

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

The Colorado Department of Education celebrated the 2013 district and school performance results in an awards ceremony today at the Colorado Department of Education. Commissioner Robert Hammond honored schools and districts that earned acclaim in five award categories.

The event recognized the 16 districts Accredited with Distinction under the state’s accountability system. The event also recognized recipients of the 2013 Centers of Excellence, Governor’s Distinguished Improvement, John Irwin Schools of Excellence awards and ESEA Reward School 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 2013, 19 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 2013, 130 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 2013, 178 schools earned this award.

The ESEA Reward School awards are given to Title I schools demonstrating high-performance and high-progress.  In 2013, 8 schools earned this award.  

 

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