Glenwood area third-graders show ups and downs in ’08 reading scores |

Glenwood area third-graders show ups and downs in ’08 reading scores

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Preliminary third-grade Colorado Student Assessment Program scores (CSAPs) in the area of reading were released Thursday showing Garfield County’s three school districts remaining relatively steady.Overall, the Roaring Fork School District showed a slight dip overall, from 62 percent of third-graders proficient or advanced to 58 percent for 2008.Data showed that Glenwood Springs Elementary third-graders had the strongest CSAPs, with a 10 percent increase in the area of proficient or advanced from 2007 to 2008. Anglo and Latino students showed increases over 2007, up 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, according to data provided by the RFSD.”Our initial look at third-grade reading indicates that Glenwood Springs Elementary staff and administration, not to mention teachers and parents, have much to celebrate,” stated RFSD superintendent Judy Haptonstall in a written statement.However, other district schools struggled to keep up with GSE, posting substantial decreases in the same categories.”Scores from our other elementary schools surprised us,” Haptonstall stated. “Given how well our Latino students did on the Colorado English Language Assessment (CELA).”Crystal River Elementary posted the district’s largest overall decrease of 14 percent students proficient or advanced. Surprisingly, Latino students proficient or advanced in reading showed a decrease of only 10 percent while Anglo students dropped a staggering 24 percent from 2007-2008, according to data from RFSD.”It is evident in all of our schools how much time and energy is put into student learning, especially in reading at the elementary level,” Haptonstall stated. “Not to see that effort translate to an increase in CSAP scores is frustrating.”Garfield Re-2Re-2 third-graders showed a 3 percent increase overall in reading at the proficient or advanced level at 61 percent for 2008. According to Re-2 director of districtwide services Theresa Hamilton, the successes seen districtwide can be attributed to the implementation of new reading programs implemented throughout the district in recent years.”Districtwide we’ve done a lot of things to assist each school with student achievement,” Hamilton said. “Moving districtwide, each elementary school has one of two proven reading programs (Open Court or Success for All) with the intent on research based programs that can meet the needs of our students.”So far the data show that those programs are working with all four district elementaries improving over last year. The newly named Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt, which replaced Roy Moore Elementary, showed the largest improvement of 7 percent in proficient or advanced readers, while Highland Elementary had the lowest increase of 1 percent.”Any time we see upward progress, that is a really good thing,” Hamilton said.Garfield School District 16Bea Underwood Elementary students dropped 3 percent from last year to 56 percent proficient or advanced. Colorado’s statewide average for third-grade reading is 70 percent proficient or advanced, leaving District 16 students 14 percent under the state average.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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