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Academy School District 20, Colorado
|Academy School District 20|
|Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Linda Van Matre|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Academy School District 20
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtEl Paso County, Colorado. The district serves the northern portion of Colorado Springs. The county seat of El Paso County is Colorado Springs. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, El Paso County is home to 644,964 residents.
El Paso County underperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of median income based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The median household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent of Academy School District 20 during the 2013-2014 school year was Dr. Mark Hatchell. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2007. Hatchell previously served as the Superintendent of Widefield School District in Colorado from 2001 to 2007.
The Academy School District 20 Board of Education consists of five at-large voting members and one non-voting liaison to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Board members receive no compensation for their service.
|Academy School District 20 Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Linda Van Matre||2009||2017|
|Larry Norman Borland||2013||2017|
|Col. Neal Barlow||N/A||N/A|
School board elections
Members of the Academy School District 20 Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. The general election was held on November 5, 2013 for three seats. Two seats will be up for election in 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education does not offer published guidelines for public participation in board meetings.
The table below displays the budget for Academy School District 20:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Academy School District 20 are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and teachers for 2012-2013:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in Academy School District 20
The district served 23,973 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 9.3% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Academy School District 20 operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Academy School District 20|
|Academy Endeavour Elementary School|
|Academy International Elementary School|
|Air Academy High School|
|Antelope Trails Elementary School|
|Aspen Valley High School|
|Challenger Middle School|
|Chinook Trail Elementary School|
|Discovery Canyon Campus School|
|Douglass Valley Elementary School|
|Eagleview Middle School|
|Edith Wolford Elementary School|
|Explorer Elementary School|
|Foothills Elementary School|
|Frontier Elementary School|
|High Plains Elementary School|
|Liberty High School|
|Mountain Ridge Middle School|
|Mountain View Elementary School|
|Pine Creek High School|
|Pioneer Elementary School|
|Prairie Hills Elementary School|
|Rampart High School|
|Ranch Creek Elementary|
|Rockrimmon Elementary School|
|Tca College Pathways|
|The Classical Academy Charter|
|The Classical Academy High School|
|The Classical Academy Middle School|
|The Da Vinci Academy School|
|Timberview Middle School|
|Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School|
Colorado Student Assessment Program
The Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The CSAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill. The data is used to keep abreast of individual student, school and district progress toward attaining higher student achievement levels. The fact that CSAP is based on the Colorado Model Content Standards ensures that all districts are held to the same standards expected for students regardless of whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas.
Three-year performance trends
The following table details the performance of Academy 20 School District students for years 2012-2013, 2011-2012 and 2010-2011:
|District CSAP scores|
|Performance Indicators||Rating||% Earned|
|Academic Growth Gaps||Meets||64.4|
|Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness||Exceeds||96.9|
What do the performance indicators measure?
- Academic Achievement: The Achievement Indicator reflects how a district's students are doing at meeting the state's proficiency goal: the percentage of students proficient or advanced on Colorado's standardized assessments. This indicator includes results from CSAP, CSAPA (Reading, Writing, Math and Science), Lectura and Escritura.
- Academic Growth: The Growth Indicator measures academic progress using the Colorado Growth Model. This indicator reflects:
- Normative growth: How the academic progress of the students in this district compared to that of other students statewide with a similar CSAP score.
- Adequate growth: Whether this level of growth was sufficient for the typical (median) student in this district to reach an achievement level of proficient or advanced on the CSAP within three years or by 10th grade, whichever comes first.
- Academic Growth Gaps: The Gaps Indicator measures the academic progress of historically disadvantaged student subgroups. It disaggregates the Growth Indicator into student subgroups, and reflects their normative and adequate growth. The subgroups include students eligible for free or reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities (IEP status), English Language Learners and students needing to catch up.
- Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or jobs upon completing high school. This indicator reflects student graduation rates, dropout rates and average Colorado ACT composite scores.
Last rated on July 24, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Budgets, monthly financial reports, and annual audits are posted.
- Tax information is listed in budget document.
- Board of Education members are listed with contact information.
- Board of Education meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted.
- District administrators are posted with contact information.
- Academic performance records are posted.
- Information on district choice offerings is posted.
- Teacher and vendor contracts are not posted.
- There is no information on how citizens can obtain access to public records.
- There is no information on employee criminal background checks.
- School board elections portal
- Academy School District 20 elections (2013)
- Colorado school districts
- List of school districts in Colorado
- El Paso County, Colorado ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Colorado
- Academy School District 20
- Academy Education Association
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- El Paso County, Colorado
- Colorado Department of Education
- Colorado Association of School Boards
- Colorado Department of Education, "Pupil Membership for 2012-2013," accessed January 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "El Paso County, Colorado," accessed August 7, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "Superintendent," accessed January 24, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "Board of Education," accessed January 24, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "Active Policies," accessed January 24, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "Proposed Budget," accessed December 10, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "2012-2013 Licensed Salary Schedule," accessed January 24, 2014
- Academy School District 20, "Schools," accessed January 24, 2014
- Colorado Department of Education, "About CSAP" accessed July 15, 2013
- Colorado Department of Education, "District Performance Framework 2013," accessed January 24, 2014 (timed out)
- Academy School District 20, "Finance," accessed September 30, 2013
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- Academy School District 20, "Administration," accessed September 30, 2013
- Academy School District 20, "Academic Programs," accessed September 30, 2013
- Academy School District 20, "Choice Information," accessed September 30, 2013