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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Setting record straight on Douglas County school ratings

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We would like to take a moment to apologize to the students, teachers and staff of our Douglas County School District alternative education campuses for the misleading and derogatory comments quoted in a recent article written by Colorado Community Media reporter Jane Reuter.

The statements quoted in the article implied that the Douglas County School District is Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education solely because its alternative education campuses’ scores were removed from the CDE’s formula for accrediting school districts this year — leaving the reader to believe that the scores must have been poor.

The truth is all three of DCSD’s alternative education campuses received a rating of AEC: Performance Plan; Performance is the highest rating available for any school. CDE’s accreditation formula was consistently applied to all Colorado schools and districts.

The Douglas County School District is proud of all of its talented students, teachers, and staff. It is their hard work and dedication to something better in education for the 21st century that has led to DCSD being the only district over 30,000 students to earn CDE’s highest rating: Accredited with Distinction.

Kevin Larsen, president, Douglas County Board of Education
Doug Benevento, vice president, Douglas County Board of Education

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