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2014 TCAP results in graphic form

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) test scores were released this week, allowing local schools to gauge their progress and identify strengths and weaknesess.


Roaring Fork School District (Garfield RE-1) saw improvement in areas selected for emphasis last year and early wins in areas identified through the community-wide visioning process. In some grades, RFSD received the highest sores in district history.


Garfield RE-2 had a few wins in fourth-grade reading, eighth-grade writing, and sixth-, eighth- and ninth-grade math, but saw a decrease in achievement scores in many grade levels of reading, writing and math.

In an effort to help make sense of the data, the Post Independent has assembled these graphs:

For the most part, both Roaring Fork School District (Glenwood, Carbondale, and Basalt) and Garfield Re-2 (Rifle, Silt, and New Castle), trailed the state slightly in percentage of students who scored proficient or advance. A notable exception were RFSD's third-grade reading scores, released last spring.

Middle schoolers led the field for writing proficiency in both districts and statewide.

Many previously proficient students are unable to keep up with math standards, which get tougher in middle and high school.

Here, we're tracking the class of 2016 (juniors this fall), from when they took their first CSAP in third grade, through the shift to TCAP in 2012, to their final test last spring.

Although reading scores held fairly steady, math scores see a steady decline, likely due to increased rigor of the test.

Percent of students proficient and above. Scroll down to your child's grade then across to compare district and area schools. The following abbreviations are used above:
RFSD) Basalt Elementary – BES, Crystal River Elementary – CRES, Sopris Elementary – SES, Glenwood Springs Elementary – GSES, Basalt Middle – BMS, Carbondale Middle – CMS, Glenwood Springs Middle – GSMS, Basalt High – BHS, Roaring Fork High – RFHS, Glenwood Springs High – GSHS.
(Re-2) Elk Creek Elementary – ECES, Graham Mesa Elementary – GMES, Highland Elementary – HES, Kathryn Senor Elementary – KSES, Cactus Valley Elementary – CVES, Wamsley Elementary – WES, Rifle Middle – RMS, Riverside Middle – RSMS, Rifle High – RHS, Coal Ridge High – CRHS.
Ross Montessori, a state charter, appears as ROSS.

Parents can receive more detailed information at www.cde.state.co.us/schoolview. Individual student reports will be distributed in the fall.


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