DENVER - Superintendent Tom Boasberg has been pushing his reform plan for years, urging people it's going to work.
Friday, the Colorado Department of Education acknowledged it is working with a bump on the District's Performance Framework report.
"This is like winning the first game of the season," Boasberg said. "We've got a long road ahead of us."
For the past three years, Denver Public Schools has been listed in the category of "Accredited with Priority Improvement." This is basically a warning phase before dropping into lower categories which could mean consequences from the state and federal governments. But, this year, DPS will be listed as "Accredited with Improvement Plan" which is a step-up.
"I think the numbers are extraordinarily clear," Boasberg said. "You see it in performance numbers. You see our graduates. We're graduating 30 percent more kids than we were years ago. We've cut our dropout rate in half."
Deputy Education Commissioner Dr. Keith Owen says it is often difficult for urban districts to overcome socio-economic obstacles and improve their accreditation ratings.
"The way Denver has also done it is impressive in some ways because it's been consistent, continual growth over the last four years," Owen said. "I think it's a promising story here with Denver Public Schools is this opportunity to show that sustained gradual improvement can pay off."
Boasberg says this is a big step, but the reforms are far from over.
"I'm tremendously grateful for the work of our teachers," Boasberg said.
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