Marci Krivonen

Libraries around the Roaring Fork Valley have on display this week books like The Kite Runner and The Bluest Eye. These works made the top ten list in 2014 for the “most frequently challenged books.” Schools and libraries across the country have received requests to ban them. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more on Banned Books Week.

Nathalie Crick looks up a book at the Pitkin County Library and then weaves through shelves in the children’s section to find it.

RFSD Test Scores Up

Aug 15, 2014
Roger Adams

  Students in the Roaring Fork School District showed improvement on statewide tests in areas the district had focused additional attention to.  The results of Colorado assessment tests were released yesterday.

One big area of improvement this year for mid and down-valley schools was for students who are learning English as a second language.  On a test given to English learners the district jumped from 39th percentile to the 67th percentile.  District Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein says the there is a gap between the progress in education for native English speakers and students who are just learning English

“We and all districts in the state have an achievement gap and we identified early last year the importance of doing more to support our English-language learners.  And, of course through our strategic planning process that surfaced as a commitment to providing differentiated support.”

Reading Test Scores Up

May 6, 2014
Roger Adams

 Third grade reading scores from statewide standardized testing were released today (Tuesday 5-6-2014) and there is good news for the Roaring Fork School District.   Three quarters of third graders in the district are proficient or advanced in reading comprehension.  That, says superintendent Diana Sirko, shows continued improvement.

Must Do: Read Well By Third Grade

May 19, 2013
Roger Adams

A recent study shows that 40 percent of Colorado high school graduates who go on to college need remedial help with at least one subject.  This high number may in part be the result of problems the kids had as far back as first and second grade.  A major factor, educators believe, is a lack of adequate early literacy.  As Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams explains, reading skills must be acquired at a very young age.