"William Smith’s approach is earning it national praise and academic success in Aurora Public Schools, a 39,000-student district that has been targeted by the state for persistently low test scores and that was considered for academic intervention.
But the district may be launching a comeback of sorts. APS did well enough in the latest round of state tests to leave the state’s watch list of consistently troubled districts.
Leading the rally was William Smith, which had the state’s fourth-highest median growth percentile on the statewide English test. In other words, William Smith students, on average, showed greater improvements than 89 percent of Colorado students who scored similarly to them the previous year."