Four D51 schools earn state awards for test growth and performance

Four D51 schools earn state awards for test growth and performance
Posted on 12/18/2017

Grand Junction, CO – Four District 51 schools are being honored for their exemplary performance and growth on 2017 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests.

The schools are:

  • Dual Immersion Academy, Taylor Elementary School – Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award
  • New Emerson School – John Irwin Award
  • Mesa Valley Community School – High Growth Award

The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award recognizes schools where students have significantly grown their test scores over time. The 124 schools receiving the award this year exceeded state expectations for growth overall and met or exceeded expectations for growth in subgroups, such as students with special needs and low-income students.

The John Irwin Award goes to schools with the highest scores in the state on CMAS math, English Language Arts, science and social studies tests. This year, 179 schools earned the award.

This is New Emerson’s sixth John Irwin Award. New Emerson has earned the award every year since 2011 with the exception of 2015 – a year when no John Irwin Awards were given due the switch that year from Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) testing to CMAS testing.

Mesa Valley Community School is one of eight Colorado schools to receive the High School Academic Growth Award this year. Each one of the schools picked for this award had the highest growth in CMAS English Language Arts, math, and science test scores year-over-year in their school enrollment size category. Mesa Valley is a K-12 district charter school that provides guidance for homeschool families.

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