Area third-grade reading scores ride state average |

Area third-grade reading scores ride state average

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Roaring Fork School District Re-1 third-graders remain on par with their counterparts across the state, according to preliminary 2013 reading test scores for the earliest grade level measured against state standards.

Results of the third-grade reading tests, which were administered in February and March in public schools across the state, were released by the Colorado Department of Education recently.

Complete results, including third- through 10th-grade testing for reading, writing, math and science, come out in August.

Out of 363 third-grade students tested at elementary schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, 73.3 percent scored proficient or advanced, according to the state’s preliminary report.

That’s exactly the same as the statewide average for third-grade reading this year. However, it was slightly below Re-1’s proficiency score of 74.4 percent in 2012, which was the district’s highest score ever for third-grade reading since the state began administering standards tests in 1998.

Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale saw the biggest improvement in its third-grade reading scores.

This year’s third-grade class at CRES scored 69 percent proficient or advanced, compared to 62 percent for last year’s third-graders.

Sopris Elementary in Glenwood Springs remained the same, at 80 percent proficient/advanced, while Glenwood Springs Elementary dropped from 64 percent to 58 percent, and Basalt Elementary fell from 82 percent to 76.2 percent.

Across the district, 17.6 percent of third-graders were partially proficient as measured against the state standards, while 8.8 percent scored unsatisfactory. The district had 90 fewer third-grade students taking the state assessment tests this year compared to last year.

Re-2 scores mixed

Meanwhile, third-grade reading scores for the six elementary schools in New Castle, Silt and Rifle that are part of the Garfield School District Re-2, dropped from 75 percent proficient or advanced in 2012 to 71.8 percent this year, according to the state’s preliminary report.

A total of 358 third-grade students from Re-2 took the tests this year, which was roughly the same as last year. In 2012, third-graders from Re-2 scored higher than the state average for the first time in the history of state standards testing.

Third-grade students at four of the district’s elementary schools improved, or remained about the same, compared to scores for last year’s third-grade class.

Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle improved from 89 percent proficient/advanced to 91.8 percent, while Rifle’s three elementary schools, Graham Mesa, Highland and Wamsley, improved respectively from 65 to 68.3 percent, 58 to 58.6 percent, and 57 to 60.4 percent.

Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle saw its third-grade reading proficiency score drop from 86 percent to 76.3 percent, while Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt fell from 87 percent proficient/advanced last year to 79.7 percent for this year’s third-graders.

The biggest drop in third-grade reading scores for Garfield County schools came at Bea Underwood Elementary in Parachute/Battlement Mesa, which is part of the Garfield School District No. 16.

Reading proficiency among third-graders at that school fell from 57 percent last year to just 45.3 percent this year. The school had 64 third-grade students taking the tests this year, which was down from 86 students at that grade level last year.

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