School board plans improvement talks

Leaders focusing on low scores

For the fourth straight year, Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 schools did not meet state performance expectations during the 2012-2013 academic year. School board leaders address the issue tonight.

A Colorado Department of Education report revealed the local school district received a total accreditation score of 43.7 percent, once again requiring school officials to adopt a priority improvement plan. That plan is set as a discussion item at tonight’s 7 p.m. school board meeting.

With the low accreditation performance report, the district was once again ordered to complete a required priority improvement plan under Colorado’s Educational Accountability Act of 2009. Based on low-performance in the areas of academic achievement and growth, the unified improvement plan is expected to specifically address additional literacy and math programs.

The plan is due to state officials by Jan. 16.

Of the state’s 179 school districts, nineteen were accredited with a priority improvement plan during the last academic year.