Colorado Early Colleges Parker (CECP) is one of only ten schools across Colorado to earn a “Performance with Distinction” rating by the Board of the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI). Based on its 2016-2017 performance, CECP ranked in the top 16 percent among Colorado schools.
Since its opening in 2014, CECP has seen steady increases in enrollment and now serves over 530 students. CECP has adopted a Post-secondary and Workforce Readiness Guarantee in English, reading and math for every student. Upon graduation, CECP students will be ready to pursue their post-secondary goals without remediation.
“We are extremely proud that our school is performing better than 84 percent of schools in Colorado,” said Dr. Alex Tuel, head of school for CECP. “This recognition means that our model works and that our students are learning and growing. They’re reaching and even surpassing what they should know and be able to do at key points in their academic careers, and, as Parker’s first early college, we are helping students get the education, college credits and college degrees to support them in their chosen career path - all while in high school.”
CSI—which authorizes CECP—assigns a rating and accredits its schools each fall based on its school performance framework, which considers a school’s academic, financial, and organizational data from the previous school year. Unlike the state’s school performance framework, which has four levels of performance (Turnaround, Priority Improvement, Improvement, and Performance), the CSI school performance framework adds an additional level within the Performance band of Distinction. The additional rating level was included in CSI’s school performance framework to better differentiate the highest performing schools.
The Performance rating ranges from schools in the 35th percentile to the 99th percentile and includes about 60 percent of all schools in the state. The academic portion of CSI’s “Performance with Distinction” rating is based on students’ performance on state tests in English Language Arts (ELA), math, and science. PSAT and SAT scores, dropout rates, matriculation rates, and graduation rates are considered when determining a high school’s rating. Aside from academics, the CSI school performance framework also takes into account sound charter school financial and organizational practices.
“Our “Performance with Distinction” rating means that not only are we excelling within academics, but also that we have strong financial and operational performance,” says Tuel.
About the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI)
CSI is a statewide charter public school authorizer focused on meeting the unique needs of charter schools with flexibility, autonomy, and accountability. Learn more at www.csi.state.co.us and follow CSI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSIColorado/.
About Colorado Early Colleges
Colorado Early Colleges is a network of top-tier charter schools located along the Front Range of Colorado. The Colorado Early Colleges network is comprised of charter schools that provide tuition-free public education that gives all students the opportunity to get an Associate Degree in high school for free. Nestled in the city of Parker, Colorado Early Colleges Parker serves the entire south Denver metro area from the northern suburbs of Denver, the plains of eastern Colorado, the foothills of the Rockies to the west, and the city of Castle Rock to the south. CECP was founded in 2014 and welcomed its first students in the fall of the same year. CECP started with 332 students in 2014 and has grown to over 530 students. Learn more at http://parker.coloradoearlycolleges.org/.