With a new school year, just days away…
“I’m feeling a little bit anxious, very excited to meet the students…”
Yeah, teachers feel that anxiety, too!
But at Dora Moore K-8 School, there’s also excitement.
“Surreal, this feels surreal.”
A lot to celebrate.
Recent CMAS results point to continued gains at Dora Moore, where students posted scores exceeding the state average for the fourth straight year.
And they have among the highest growth scores in all of the Denver Public Schools.
“I’m so proud (laughs)”
Karen Barker is principal at Dora Moore.
“When I got the phone call yesterday and I looked at the data, I… there was disbelief in a sense of the dream coming true. But the belief in my team is making it real.”
That team includes teachers like Andrea Lilly – a third grade literacy teacher.
“I think it validates all the hard work that all of us as teachers and staff are putting forward with our students.”
For the ninth consecutive year, DPS students in third through eighth grade outpaced their peers across the state on CMAS in year-to-year academic growth in both literacy and math.
There is room for improvement, though, as the percentage of high school students meeting or exceeding state benchmarks remained essentially flat.
“And we know that we need more and more schools like Dora Moore to make the kind of gains we like to see and close the gaps for our kids.”
Educators across the city are taking on that challenge already – anxious, yes, but also excited, for that new year to start in a few short days.
“It feels so, so good. I’m very excited for us.”