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Notes from the Board

Once again we are nearing the end of another school year.    Without a doubt, all of our graduates will choose different paths after graduation.  Seniors have applied to schools and for scholarships and many are heading toward the school of their choice in the fall. Some will choose to further their education by attending technical schools, some will go straight into the work force and some might even choose to join the military.  Whatever their path, it is every parent and every teacher’s goal to make sure these young men and women are world ready.  

Part of the process of getting a student world ready is to ensure that they are being educated to the best of our ability.   Proof that this is occurring in the Burlington Schools is easy to see when you compare some statistics that we are provided by the State of Colorado - for example, graduation rates.

Burlington High School can boast a running average upwards of 92% when it comes to students that graduate on time.  Statewide, the number is far lower with a 77.3%.  It is important to remember that our class sizes are smaller and that 92% of a 42 student graduating class means that only 3 students did not graduate.  It is also important to note that these figures are based on the student class size from their 8th grade year until graduation.  This number does not take into account that the remaining 8% may not have remained in the Burlington School District, but may have gone on to graduate on time from another school. 

Further evidence of Burlington School District’s success is found when you look at remediation rates.   Remediation is when a student needs to take a class to better prepare them for certain college courses that may be required.  An example of this would be a student that took Algebra 1 and 2 in high school but wasn’t prepared for College Algebra. The need for remediation is discovered by a required placement test upon enrollment in any college or university and is then reported back to the state.  The most recent numbers available indicate that Burlington students have a remediation rate of 16.7% - barely half of the state average of 32.6%.  To further drive that point home, 32.6% is more than 1/3 of students statewide!

It’s easy to get lost in the numbers, so what does this information mean?  It means that Burlington schools are not only teaching students but doing it extremely well.  So when you bump into one of our educators, please take a minute and give them a pat on the back for a job well done.

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Lindsay Smith,
May 12, 2016, 1:09 PM
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