How Ignacio turned its failing school district around

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How Ignacio turned its failing school district around

How Ignacio turned its failing school district around

Ignacio third-grader Dana Santistevan, 9, writes down the different minerals of rocks during Alison deKay's science class on Thursday at the elementary school. The Ignacio School District came off the Colorado Department of Education's accountability clock after six years of hard work.
Alison deKay holds a milk snake that her Ignacio Elementary School third-grade science class was examining Thursday at the school. As part of upgrading its curriculum, the district hired deKay to teach science kindergarten to fourth-grade students and serve as the gifted and talented teacher.
Ignacio third-grader David Simmonds, 8, describes the different minerals in a rock during Alison deKay’s science class Thursday at the elementary school. Every student from grades three to 12 has a dedicated computer.
Ignacio third-graders study different minerals in rocks during Alison DeKay’s science class Thursday at the elementary school. The district has matched the state’s average annual growth for students.