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    I just finished reviewing last years CSAP test results. As far as Pueblo's "World Class School District" goes, get used to the term 'significant decline'. Pueblo City Schools (the district previously known as #60) ranked 133 out of 151 districts state wide. Can't wait to See Dr. Covington put the spin on this one. When you see him ask him about the world famous Bessemer Academy's performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Swelk View Post
    Can't wait to See Dr. Covington put the spin on this one.
    Don't know about "spin" but he already had something to say.

    "The biggest disappointment is middle school and high school," Superintendent John Covington acknowledged.

    That's been a problem since the CSAP testing started. In spite of solid gains at the elementary school level, especially at schools in low-income neighborhoods where many districts have failed, the higher grade levels continually have failed to do well.

    One encouraging score, Covington noted, was the 3 percentage point increase in math at the third grade level. He couldn't pinpoint the reason for the improvement but pointed out that in the fall, a new team of math specialists reported that for years the district would put 70 percent of sixth graders in the lowest level math cl**** regardless of how well they had done in fifth grade.

    Bored and frustrated, they did poorly and scored low on state tests in the spring.

    The specialists recommended testing them early and putting them into more challenging classes and even though the semester had begun, Covington ordered that to happen.

    One unexpected problem showed up in third grade, Covington said, a level that usually did well.

    "We're going to have to pay a lot more attention to instruction at the central office as well as at the school level," he said. “That's not me talking about ‘teaching to the test' but teaching the skills needed."

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    It does seem a little of a stretch to call the district "Colorado's Premier School District" as the lead header on the Pueblo City School's website when the district is ranked in the 12th percentile of Colorado School Districts. If my long lost statistics memory serves me that is over two standard deviations below the mean, which is not good no matter how the good Dr.wants to look at it.

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    Lawrence Hernandez (Cesar Chavez CEO) kinda explained it all when he stated;
    "I'm disappointed in the results but e make no excuses. It comes down to instruction and we made some serious changes at those grade levels that put us back on track for the coming year".
    Gotta wonder . . what were the "Serious Changes" . . . ?
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    No spin there, Dr. Hernandez takes his lumps, makes the changes he feels are warranted and goes on. It is much easier when there is no teacher's union yelling at you from the back of the room. I do believe though that the CSAP's have the teaching world petrified, and the idea that "if it is not on the test it is not in the syllabus" mentality as really strangled the teaching ability of some fine teachers.

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    Won't this make 3 District 60 levies still on our property tax bill? The last one was suppose to take care of capital improvements, now he wants more money for capital improvements and to build new schools? At ThunderRidge? That is going to build out quickly!
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    I love it . .

    "Well, we didn't do so good, but, really, what does "Good" mean in the big picture? We know that throwing cash at the problem probably won't do any good, but what the Hell, we can always use some more! And besides, last year, we said we'd need more money, so at least ONE of our predictions has come true!"

    I especially loved the explanation about the Third Graders getting a 98 (or whatever) last year and the same Fourth Graders getting a 74 (or whatever) this year . .

    To quote Bill Clinton; "It all depends on what "IS" is" . .

    As for Thunder Ridge and Pueblo Springs, let the residents of those developments pay for them with their property taxes!
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    As for Thunder Ridge and Pueblo Springs, let the residents of those developments pay for them with their property taxes!
    Hmmm, even worse, Dr. Covington is seeking funds to build District 60 Schools in District 70 areas . . or whatever . . actually the reasons for needing the money or tax increase is kind of murky . . kind of like the Colorado Legislature's (Andrew Romanoff, et al) treatment of the Addendum C initiative and then claiming to need to "Modify" the TABOR act . .

    Kinda like: "Don't ask us what we are going to use the money for, then we won't have to lie to you later, about what we did with it."
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