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Superintendent Swanson Says ‘State of District’ is Strong

In her ninth State of the District report, Superintendent Pam Swanson cited significant accomplishments for Westminster Public Schools (WPS) in 2019 while also raising the bar for the year ahead. “I look forward to a productive and challenging 2020 and working with all of you in the WPS community,” she said. "Our public education system is at its best when everyone is involved."

Swanson noted that District Administration magazine named WPS a “District of Distinction” for its innovative work in developing and implementing its Competency Based System (CBS) which does away with traditional grade levels and demands that students show mastery or proficiency in a learning subject before moving to the next level.

“As you know, we are not fans of the State’s accountability system and its reliance on high stakes once-a-year testing to rank and sort our schools, but even by ‘their’ standards, we continue to make significant progress with our Competency Based System,” she said.

For the fourth consecutive year, elementary and middle school students in WPS showed an increase in academic achievement in both English Language Arts and Math.

WPS also had the second-highest increase in total scale scores on the 9th-grade PSAT of any of the surrounding districts in the metro area.

In addition, the district graduation rates continued to climb while the dropout rate declined.

She also cited exciting changes coming to the district in 2020.

Colorado Sports Leadership Academy

Scott Carpenter Middle School will become Colorado Sports Leadership Academy, a K-8 School, offering a solid foundational education for all children in all core elements, along with added support for students who are eager to learn more about possible careers in a sports-related industry.

Early Learning Center at F.M. Day

In the fall, FM Day Elementary will become The Early Learning Center at F.M. Day, and offer infant, toddler and preschool care to about 150 children who live in the community, as well as, for children of WPS employees. The learning center will include a lab school partnership with Metropolitan State University that will allow Westminster High School students will get “on the job” learning opportunities and eventually go on to graduate with degrees top work in early childhood and special education programs. 

You can read the superintendent's speech in its entirety here and watch the speech and highlights below.