Alta Vista Receives Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award


Alta Vista Charter School administrator Talara Coen recently announced the school had won an award on academic achievement based on recent CSAP scores. The John Irwin awards are given annually to schools demonstrating excellent academic achievement. On the school performance framework this is used bys the state to evaluate schools, those awarded “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement indicator and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

Performance Indicators:
The Achievement Indicator reflects how a school’s students are doing at meeting the state’s proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado’s standardized assessments. This Indicator includes results from CSAP and CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science). Alta Vista rated 87.5% on Academic Achievement, in the Exceeds Category.

Academic Growth:
The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This Indicator reflects 1) median growth: how the academic progress of the students in this school compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score history in that subject area, and 2) adequate growth: whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this school to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first. Alta Vista rated 66.7% on Academic Growth, indicating the performance meets Indicator requirements.



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