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DCSD Earns Highest District Accreditation Rating

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The Douglas County School District (DCSD) continues its work to reinvent and transform American education in the best interest of its students. The work of many talented, pioneering teachers and leaders has resulted in DCSD earning the highest accreditation rating from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – Accredited with Distinction.

DCSD was last rated Accredited with Distinction in 2009. DCSD has received the Accredited rating for the past four years.

“After four years of hard work by our incredible staff reinventing American education by focusing on and transforming their classrooms to align what is best for all students in the 21st century, we are pleased to see the district has earned the highest school district rating available from CDE,” said DCSD Superintendent Liz Fagen.

The District Performance Framework (DPF) accreditation process places value on academic growth and success in preparing students for college and career readiness. The process was launched by Senate Bill 09-163.

DCSD is the only school district over 30,000 students in Colorado to earn an Accredited with Distinction rating this year. 

READ MORE: Letter from Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond

“We are very proud of everyone who made this possible,” said DCSD Board of Education President Kevin Larsen. “Douglas County School District is home to the best teachers, students and parents. Thank you to all and congratulations on this distinguished rating!”

Districts are rated on a five-tier system:

  1. Accredited with Distinction
  2. Accredited
  3. Accredited with Improvement Plan
  4. Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan
  5. Accredited with Turnaround Plan

DCSD earned the top rating following a re-evaluation process by CDE.

DCSD serves students at three Alternative Education Campuses: Daniel C. Oakes High School, Eagle Academy and HOPE Online Learning Academy High School.

Schools – including Alternative Education Campuses – are rated on a four-tier system:

  1. Performance
  2. Improvement Plan
  3. Priority Improvement Plan
  4. Turnaround Plan

All three DCSD AECs earned the highest school rating possible.

“We have encouraged our staff, who have been under a lot of pressure associated with high-stakes, state-mandated testing and accountability systems for years, to do what is right for children – to resist the obvious temptation to teach to the test because we know that this is not best for students, and we are glad to see that doing what is right seems to be one factor that has contributed to a higher rating for our district,” said Fagen.

November 12, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District

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Kim working with a student

The award wasn't a surprise to anyone at Rocky Heights Middle School except for Kim Chlumsky herself.

 

 

 

Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.