Jeffco spends nearly a billion dollars per year, over $11,000.00 per student.
Over the last three years the district has invested $5 million in adding early literacy specialists, and over $4 million in a new math curriculum. Despite these investments, nearly 50% of Jeffco students in grades 3rd through 9th do not meet grade level expectations in math or English language arts. And yet this board has not set student achievement improvement goals for the new Superintendent. In fact, nowhere in his 3 year contract (totaling one million dollars in compensation) are there ANY student achievement goals. Both Cindy Stevenson and Dan McMinimee both had measurable goals for improving student achievement.
English Language Arts: Grades 3 – 9 only 50% of students meet Grade Level Expectations
Math: Grades 3 – 9 less than 41% of students taking grade level math are meeting Grade Level Expectations
Science: No more than 42% of students score at grade level on Science Assessments
Less than 50% of all Jeffco Juniors meet both SAT College Readiness Benchmarks
7th Grade English: Less than 60% of Jeffco’s Caucasian students meet grade level expectations, yet in Denver 77% of Caucasian students meet grade level expectations.
7th Grade Math: Less than 42% of Jeffco’s Caucasian students meet grade level expectations, yet in Denver 64% of Caucasian students meet grade level expectations.
One community business leader expresses his disappointment in Jeffco student performance. Read more below:
In Jeffco, Student Achievement Stinks
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