Student Achievement In Jeffco

A great piece shared by a Jeffco friend:

How well are our Jeffco students learning?

Here are some examples of outstanding student achievement across the district:

  • Jeffco high school graduates were awarded approximately $80 million in scholarships in 2017
  • 33 Jeffco schools received awards from the Colorado Department of Education this spring, including 24 schools that received the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award for outstanding student achievement and 17 schools that received the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for exceptional student growth. Devinny Elementary was also named a National Blue Ribbon School this spring.
  • 6 Jeffco students were named Boettcher Scholars, 8 students were named Daniel Scholars, and four students won National Merit Scholarships in 2017
  • Several Jeffco high schools recognized nationally, including:
    • U. S. News & World Report 2017 Best High Schools: D’Evelyn, Evergreen, Conifer, Collegiate Academy, Ralston Valley, Lakewood, Dakota Ridge, Jefferson Academy, Pomona, Bear Creek, and Green Mountain
    • Newsweek’s 2016 “America’s Top High Schools Report: D’Evelyn and Jefferson Academy High Schools
    • Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools: Conifer, Evergreen, D’Evelyn, Standley Lake, Dakota Ridge, and Bear Creek
  • Jeffco students continue to outperform the state in all grade levels and content areas on CMAS and PSAT 10 tests
  • More importantly, Jeffco’s growth scores showed impressive gains in nearly all grades and content areas on the 2017 CMAS.

That said — and as our Jeffco School Board members have noted countless times — learning isn’t just about test scores. It includes engagement, critical thinking skills, communication, imagination and curiosity, and more. What does that look like?

One example is at Wheat Ridge High School were STEM students won first place in the Shell Eco-Marathon prototype division with their prototype hydrogen fuel cell. They competed against not only other high school but also college teams for the title.

In addition, West Woods Elementary School’s Lego League robotics team placed second at the state level as a rookie team, and also placed 65th out of 30,000 at the world festival. That’s just two of many accomplishments seen in our schools. There are countless others, including recent efforts from student leadership teams at school across Jeffco to raise money for hurricane and earthquake victims — efforts that require strong leadership and communication skills, and equip our students to be career and college-ready.

This coming week, Superintendent Glass will unveil an updated vision for Jeffco Schools, with learning as its focus. And in each decision the five members of our Jeffco School Board have made in the past two years, student learning has the number one issue. Every decision is made with an eye on how it will improve student achievement.

For example, one of the benefits of moving sixth graders to middle school is that they will have access to lab science and advanced math classes like algebra and geometry. Allowing students to progress faster or to catch up by working with math specialists at the middle school level benefits student achievement across the board — and the strong test scores coming out of Jeffco’s existing 6-8 middle schools such as West Jefferson and Evergreen middle schools are proof.

It’s clear that Jeffco is moving in the right direction. Let’s keep moving Jeffco forward.

SJK is pleased to endorsement Brad Rupert, Susan Harmon, and Ron Mitchell for the 2017 School Board election.


Incumbent C. Brad Rupert

With two decades of community service, Brad has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, the Arvada Community Food Bank, and the Kiwanis Club of Arvada-Jefferson. His leadership and commitment to his community earned him the Arvada Man of the Year Award in 2011. His own children graduated from Ralston Valley H.S., and his s tep-grandchildren attend Arvada High School and North Arvada Middle School.

Incumbent Susan Harmon

Susan is an attorney and independent business woman, and has two children in Jeffco schools. She has served on her children’s schools’ PTA board for more than six years, served as chair on the elementary school accountability committee and volunteers at her local elementary and middle school. Susan has also served on the Special Education Advisory Committee and the Calendar Committee at the district level.

Incumbent Ron Mitchell

Ron worked in Jefferson County Schools for forty years, served as principal of Alameda High School for ten years and served eight years as the principal of Columbine, and worked in the central office for two years.

Here’s a handout you can print! SJK 2017 Endorsements