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  • ASD Accredited with Distinction 2017

    In 2016, the Colorado Department of Education lowered Aspen School District’s accreditation to “Accredited” from “Accredited with Distinction.” In order to be considered Accredited with Distinction, the state requires a 95 percent student participation rate in the standardized testing, but in 2015 many students chose not to participate, resulting in the lowered accreditation. The Aspen School District didn’t have the documentation needed to appeal that decision. But that changed in the 2016 school year. 

    “This school year we implemented a simple and uniform way for parents to opt their children out of the testing. We provided that documentation and appealed to the state and they have reversed our status back to Accreditation with Distinction-Low Participation,” says Tom Heald, assistant superintendent, Aspen School District.

    Of the 178 school districts in the state of Colorado, only 25 made the Accredited with Distinction level. It is difficult to achieve as a district must meet 80 percent or more on the District Performance Frameworks, that measure student performance in academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and post-secondary and workforce readiness. The Aspen School District had achieved the level Accreditation with Distinction from 2010-2014 and then in 2015 the CDE paused their accountability system in order to introduce new assessment standards.

    “No funding is tied to earning this competitive level,” says Heald. “But we know how hard our students work and the high level of education they are receiving. We take pride in the ability of our seniors being able to say that they are graduating from a District with Distinction on their college applications.”

          

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  • 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey Results Executive Summary

         

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  • Digital Media 
    Aspen School District knows that effective communication with students, parents and the community is vital for a thriving school environment. Since we recognize that newsletters, calendar of events and emails are typically one-way communication, we would like to invite you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. These avenues have been created to encourage dialogue and content is designed to engage, empower and educate our school community on real-time issues and trending topics.

    Look for our #KnowTheFacts#RealTime and #TableTalk hashtags. 
    We hope to inspire great conversation and look forward to connecting with you!

        

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  • Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity
    Aspen School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or other status protected by law in admission or access to, treatment and employment in its programs and activities. The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officers for the District to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: 

    Superintendent of Schools
    Aspen School District
    0235 High School Road
    Aspen, CO 81611
    970.925.3760 Ext. 4008
    Superintendent@aspenk12.net 

    Director of Special Education*
    Aspen School District
    0235 High School Road
    Aspen, CO 81611
    970.925.3760 Ext. 4002
    DirectorSPED@aspenk12.net 
    *Specific complaints of alleged discrimination based on disability should be referred to the Director of Special Education.

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