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CDE recognizes Valley schools for excellence

Posted: Friday, Dec 21st, 2012

DENVER — Center High School, Centennial High School, Del Norte Middle School and the Moffat School District were recognized on Tuesday for outstanding 2012 performance results.

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) awarded the schools and the district for stellar achievement in different categories.

Center High School and Centennial High School received Centers of Educational Excellence awards for improved student performance. The Colorado State Legislature established the Centers of Excellence award for 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.

Center High School earned its first Center of Educational Excellence award in the fall of 2009 because its students were growing at a rate greater than the Colorado average for three straight years despite its 90 percent at-risk population.

“2012 marks the fourth straight year Center High School has earned this award,” said Center Consolidated School District Superintendent George Welsh. “This means that for the past seven consecutive years Center High School students have been making greater than 50th percentile growth in all tested areas.  This is an amazing feat and it can only be attributed to an outstanding staff, great principals and very supportive parents.”

Del Norte Middle School received a Governor’s Improvement Award for the third consecutive year. The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards are given to schools demonstrating excellent student growth on the school performance framework the state uses to evaluate schools. These schools exceed expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years. In 2012, only nine middles schools in the entire state of Colorado earned this award.

“I’m extremely proud of the teachers, support staff and students at Del Norte Middle School,” said Del Norte Middle School Principal Wendy O’Rourke. “Their commitment to academic growth and hard work made this award possible.”

For the second consecutive year, the Moffat School District was recognized for being Accredited with Distinction.

“We are ecstatic to receive this recondition for the second year in a row,” said Moffat Superintendent Kirk Banghart. “The students and staff of Moffat Number Two have worked hard and it is always great to see their hard work recognized by the Department of Education.” 

The event recognized the 19 districts Accredited with Distinction under the state’s accountability system.

Commissioner Robert Hammond honored schools and districts that earned acclaim in four award categories.

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