An effort to turn around the six schools is not showing any positive results despite the fact that millions of dollars is being spent on outside experts hired to correct the problem.
Test results one year later show that 5 of the schools actually had decreased grades. Risley Middle School faired the best and they only maintained the same scores they produced a year ago. The test result findings are not a surprise to one education advocate.
?It's really, really hard to do. It's the hardest thing to do in education, but its not impossible. We know though that paying half of the turn around money to outside consultants is generally not a very effective strategy,? said Van Schoales, with A+Denver.
7.4 million dollars of that money will go to Global Partnership schools, a company that focused on creating successful educational environments in schools designed to boost student progress.
Six Pueblo city schools are on the nation?s chronically failing list: Pitts, Roncalli, Freed and Risley middle schools, Central High School and Youth and Family Academy Charter. Global Partnership is helping the schools.
Spann Elementary later entered into the agreement with Global after Youth and Family decided to end the contract after the first year.
Sources from D60 said it?s not an overnight fix. They also said the state required them to hire a turnaround company to help the schools.
D60 school officials did not want to comment. They said our request for an interview is under consideration, but they may not speak with us until May when their test results are released.