Math is failing at Summit Middle School. Is there money for new curriculum? 

The message is clear as two plus two: Math needs help at Summit Middle School. 

In a letter to the school board, a district accountability committee calls math a “known gap” at Summit Middle. The committee wants next year’s budget to pay for new math curriculum. 

Middle school math scores are spiraling in Summit and statewide. 

Over the past two years, fewer than one in four students (23.7% and 24.6%) at Summit Middle have met or exceeded expectations on CMAS, the Colorado Measures of Academic Success standardized test. Even before COVID, in 2019, barely one in three students (34.4%) met the standard.  

The state rate for middle school math is slightly better, but equally alarming: 29% of students met standards in 2023.  

The local accountability committee also wants money for new staff and staff training across the district.  

The school board considers this when it hears first draft of the budget tomorrow, April 25, at the regular board meeting. That hearing will be in public.  

The board will also be talking behind closed doors, in executive session, about salary and contract negotiations for the teacher’s union.