Adams County School District 14
     5291 East 60th Avenue
     Commerce City, CO 80022
  303.853.3333    303.853.3329

2018 Turnaround Plan Process

Welcome to this page. Here you will find up-to-date information about the district’s new proposal to State Board of Education for their Nov. 14 hearing.
Check back often for updated information.

New District Proposal for the State Board of Education 

Adams 14 and Adams City High School have consistently been rated low performing for not meeting state expectations in content achievement, academic growth and post-secondary measures.
In 2018, Adams 14 entered its eighth year of turnaround status with the state. Four schools remain on the state’s accountability clock, including Adams City High School (also in year eight), Central Elementary (year six), Rose Hill Elementary (year three) and Hanson Elementary (year two). Three other district schools remain in the yellow – Improvement – rating, including Adams City Middle School, Dupont Elementary and Monaco Elementary. 
On Nov. 14, the district and high school could face additional action by the state for failure to meet targets after year-one of implementation of the 2017 turnaround plan. 
The district is working on developing the proposal with stakeholder input. Please check back soon for more updates. 
The district will release the proposal before the Nov. 14 hearing with the State Board of Education. 
Read more about the proposal:

Background on the District’s Turnaround Status 

In 2017, both the district and the high school received a rating of Priority Improvement (the second lowest rating) on the Colorado District and School Performance Frameworks, triggering additional state action for being on turnaround status for five consecutive years. 
As a result, the district submitted, and the State Board of Education approved, a three-year turnaround plan with an external organization to manage targeted operations at the district and in several schools, including Adams City High School.
Read more about the plan and final order:
  • District’s Turnaround Plan
  • State Board of Education Final Written Determination for Adams 14
  • Turnaround Presentation to the State Board of Education
An external management partnership with Beyond Textbooks was approved for the district and three of its eleven schools (Rose Hill Elementary School, Central Elementary School, and Adams City High School).
The district was optimistic that the 2017 turnaround plan and associated goals would, in year-one, provide a framework for building sustainable systems with significant, immediate and positive impact on student growth and achievement, and put the district on a path to creating a collaborative culture of continuous improvement with high expectations.
At the end of year-one of the turnaround plan, the district and high school failed – with the exception of incremental improvements in some areas – to meet the overall goals outlined in the turnaround plan and continued to fall short of providing the students and families in Adams 14 with the high-quality education they deserve. 
The implementation of the turnaround plan resulted in the following progress in year-one: 
  • Adams City High School moved from turnaround status to priority improvement due to an increase to the participation rate of 95 percent or more, as measured by the school performance framework. The high school also experienced decreases in remediation rates, an increase in current enrollment, an increase in AP passing rates and increases in grade level proficiency in grade 9.
  • Central Elementary School maintained their status of priority improvement and gained a point, increasing from 39.3 to 40.0 points, as measured by the school performance framework.
  • Rosehill Elementary School moved from turnaround status to priority improvement by increasing their points from 32.5 to 34.8, as measured by the school performance framework. 
  • Three elementary schools – Dupont, Kemp and Monaco –moved completely out of turnaround status, and off the State’s accountability clock. 
  • Three schools – Alsup and Kemp elementary schools as well as Kearney Middle School – received the green – Performance – rating, indicating that these schools meet or exceed statewide attainment on the performance framework. The District has never had three green performance schools in its history, under the current State accountability system. 
Despite the incremental progress, the overall results for the district and high school fell short of what was anticipated and promised to the state and the Adams 14 community in year-one of the turnaround plan. 


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