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Cherry Creek School District moves closer to goal of Accreditation with Distinction
The most recent academic growth and achievement data shows that the Cherry Creek School District is making steady progress toward its goal of becoming the first large, diverse district in the state to be Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education.

That’s good news for students, parents and the Cherry Creek Schools community because it means the district – which is already a high-performing district – continues to make progress in raising the achievement of all students, closing the achievement gap, increasing the number of students who graduate on time and ensuring that graduates have the skills they need to succeed in college or other post-secondary training, the military or the workplace.

In order to be Accredited with Distinction, the district must earn 8o percentage points on the state rubric, which covers academic achievement, academic growth, growth gaps, and post-secondary and workforce readiness, which includes graduation rates. In 2013, the district earned 74.4 %, up 2.9 % from the previous year, and just 5.6 % away from the target of 80 %.

The district also increased the number of schools in the top accreditation category (Performance) has only one school in the second category (Improvement) and no schools in the bottom two categories (Priority Improvement and Turnaround).

The academic growth and achievement data shows that Cherry Creek Schools students continue to outpace their peers on several measures. For example:

In 2013, 80% of Cherry Creek third graders scored Proficient or Advanced on the TCAP test, compared to 73% statewide.





SAT Composite Score, 2012* graduating seniors




ACT Composite Score, 2012* graduating seniors




ACT Composite Score, 2013 11th graders




*Most recent data available.  **There is not a national average for 11th grade ACT scores. As of 2001, Colorado law requires all 11th graders to take the ACT test.

In 2012, more than 87% of Cherry Creek seniors graduated in four years, up from 84% in 2011. That compares to a statewide on-time graduation rate of 75% and a national rate of 72%.

Posted October 17, 2013.

Posted 10/17/2013 3:53 PM
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