Westminster Public Schools is entering an important timeline in our discussions with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado State Board of Education concerning the state accountability model. Because I believe it is very important to keep our community involved and informed, I want to provide an update.
As you may be aware, Westminster Public Schools has asked CDE to change our District Performance Rating from “Priority Improvement” to “Improvement.” We believe our academic progress over the last several years is best reflected by the “Improvement” rating, and our argument is outlined in the WPS position statement that I shared with you earlier this year.
Our appeal to the State Board of Education is scheduled for April 24.
While the appeal process is running its course, we have also been in discussion with CDE about a strategy to move forward should the appeal be denied. Later this week Commissioner Katy Anthes is expected to present to the state board her written recommendation for a long range plan that would allow Westminster Public Schools to meet the needs of its students and fully implement our Competency Based System while also addressing existing state legislation regarding the so called “Accountability Clock.”
As I write this, Commissioner Anthes’ report is not finalized and we are still offering input, so it would be inappropriate to elaborate on her recommendations at this time. I can tell you that we have spent a great deal of time with the Commissioner and her staff to help them better understand the good work we are doing in the district.
The Commissioner’s recommendation, along with our own proposal, will be discussed with the State Board of Education at a hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 4. I will be sharing more details with you as they become available.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools