COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The troubled Adams 14 school district is looking to its neighbor for help.
Tuesday night, the Adams 14 school board selected Mapleton Public Schools to take over management of the district. The board’s decision will now go to the State Board of Education for approval.
In November, state education officials forced Adams 14 to accept an outside takeover to try to fix the district’s performance issues.
The district and its high school have for eight straight years received the two lowest ratings in Colorado’s school accountability system , which measures test results, academic growth, graduation and dropout rates, among other things.
The Adams 14 board has spent weeks reviewing applications from multiple external management organizations. But selected the adjacent Mapleton district Tuesday.
There are 13 schools and about 7,500 students that attend Adams 14. According to state testing results, one-in-five fifth graders are reading and writing at a fifth-grade level and just one-in-ten are at their proper grade levels for math.