Last week, we highlighted the top 25 Denver Public Schools as judged by the district's School Performance Framework, which gathers data to determine the effectiveness of schools at every level of the DPS system. Today, we look at the flip side -- the ten schools currently considered the furthest from making the grade.
The reasons institutions wind up on such rosters are multifaceted, complex and arguably systemic: During an appearance last night at Regis University, author Jonathan Kozol, whose books include The Shame of the Nation, lambasted the disparity of resources for schools in wealthy versus impoverished areas, as well as the deleterious effects of standardized testing, particularly at facilities cast as struggling. Keep these factors in mind as we count down the ten lowest performers, complete with photos and selected facts and figures. To see the complete list, click here.
See also: Photos: Top 25 Denver Public Schools
Number 10: Wyatt Academy
Points Earned: 72
Points Possible: 280
Percentage of Points Earned: 25.71 percent
Number 9: Venture Prep MS
Points Earned: 35
Points Possible: 139
Percentage of Points Earned: 25.18 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 8: Escuela Tlatelolco School
Points Earned: 60
Points Possible: 248
Percentage of Points Earned: 24.19 percent
Number 7: Centennial ECE-8 School
Points Earned: 65
Points Possible: 286
Percentage of Points Earned: 22.73 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 6: Kepner Middle School
Points Earned: 30
Points Possible: 147
Percentage of Points Earned: 20.41 percent
Number 5: Manual High School
Points Earned: 45
Points Possible: 230
Percentage of Points Earned: 19.57
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 4: West Generation Academy
Points Earned: 51
Points Possible: 263
Percentage of Points Earned: 19.39 percent
Number 3: Fairview Elementary School
Points Earned: 24
Points Possible: 145
Percentage of Points Earned: 16.55 percent
Continue to keep counting down the ten lowest-performing Denver Public Schools. Number 2: Valverde Elementary School
Points Earned: 22
Points Possible: 141
Percentage of Points Earned: 15.6 percent
Number 1: SOAR at Oakland
Points Earned: 17
Points Possible: 151
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Percentage of Points Earned: 11.26 percent
Note: SOAR at Oakland closed at the end of the 2013-2014, with sessions beginning at the New Oakland Elementary School in August.
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