The Colorado Department of Education’s SchoolView webpage provides information on the performance of public schools and districts statewide. Parents can use the page to access School Performance Frameworks and District Performance Frameworks, the primary methods of evaluating school and district performance in Colorado, through this website. These frameworks assign points in a number of categories depending on educational level, including academic achievement, student growth, and post-secondary and workforce readiness. Each school or district is then assigned an overall rating on a five-point scale.
The SchoolView website provides access to information and data related to the Colorado Growth Model, school improvement plans, and other resources. Results calculated using the Colorado Growth Model allow parents to view academic growth within schools and districts over time. These data are usually presented as Median Growth Percentiles (MGP), which are a reflection of how students have grown academically relative to other students with similar test score histories. School and district performance frameworks combine assessment results and growth data to assign different overall ratings to schools and districts.
The Colorado Department of Education also annually publishes education-related statistics for all Colorado public schools and districts on its Colorado Education Statistics webpage. This information includes graduation statistics, dropout statistics, finance information, and more.
Additionally, parents can use CDE’s Assessment Unit webpage to find spreadsheets containing Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) results (2008 to 2011), Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) results (2012-2014), and Colorado Measures of Academic Success (PARCC and CMAS) results (2015-present). High school ACT results can also be found on this page. Assessment results allow parents to review and compare point-in-time performance on assessments in various subjects by school or school district. These results are usually presented as percentages of children falling into various categories of proficiency in each subject. The data are available by grade level, race/ethnicity, gender, and income level.
The state’s school performance frameworks and data can be difficult for parents to interpret. To help alleviate this problem, Colorado School Grades combines the same calculations used in school performance frameworks with more rigorous rating categories to assign a letter grade to each school in Colorado. This system provides a user-friendly search for schools by school name, district, address, zip code, or city.
**Note** Although assessment results will be available for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, school and district performance frameworks will not be available for 2015-16 due to a legislatively mandated pause in the state’s accountability system. Because Colorado School Grades relies on these data to calculate its ratings, it will be similarly unable to provide school ratings for the 2015-16 school year. Colorado’s school and district accountability systems are set to resume in the 2016-17 school year.
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