How to Evaluate a School

hen you have a list of schools that you are interested in sending your child to, follow these steps.

Step 1: Look at School Academic Performance

Go to The website provides Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), and ACT results, the Colorado Growth Model (which shows how much growth students need to meet state standards), and other resources.
Another way to view assessment results is through Colorado School Grades which replaces fuzzy categories such as “performance” and “priority improvement” with universally understood letter grades (A-F).

Step 2: Prepare Questions You Can Ask While Visiting the School

Prepare a list of questions you can ask while visiting the school. Talk to the principal, teachers, students, and other parents at the school to get your questions answered. The web sites listed below will help you think about questions to ask.

Step 3: Visit the School

Call the school office to set up a time to meet with the principal and tour the school.

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