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TCAP test scores decline compared to last year in Re-1

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 took more steps backward than forward in state standards testing for third- through 10th-grade students this past school year, according to 2012 test results released by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday.

Combined, Re-1 schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt saw an increase in students scoring proficient and advanced in 13 of 27 grade-level and subject-area categories, while scores fell in 14 of those categories.

In 2011, Re-1 student test scores increased in 22 of the grade and subject areas compared to the prior year’s testing results.



The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) tests were administered in the spring to students in third through 10th grades for reading, writing and math, and in fifth, eighth and 10th grades for science.

TCAP is the interim program replacing the former Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), as the state begins its transition to new, more stringent standards.



The new standards have not yet been fully implemented. Until then, the TCAP tests remain largely the same as the CSAPs for the sake of comparison, according to state education officials.

Re-1 saw gains in reading proficiency compared to last year in third, fourth, fifth, sixth, ninth and 10th grades.

The largest increase, as reported by state education officials in preliminary results released in May, was in third grade reading. The percentage of Re-1 third-graders scoring proficient or advanced in reading increased from 61.8 percent in 2011 to 74.4 percent this past school year. That number is slightly above the state average.

Across Re-1, reading proficiency rates ranged from 62.5 percent to 74.4 percent for 2012.

Declines in overall reading test scores came in the upper middle school grades, decreasing at the seventh-grade level from 63.7 percent in 2011 to 62.5 percent in 2012, and from 69.8 percent to 64.5 percent at the eighth-grade level.

The biggest declines in the annual comparisons for Re-1 came in the writing and math test results.

Students scoring proficient or advanced in writing dropped off in six of the eight grade levels tested. The only gains came at the eighth and 10th grades.

Writing proficiency among the Re-1 students tested this year ranged from a low of 48 percent for fourth-graders to a high of 57.1 percent for seventh-graders.

Math proficiency scores continue to lag statewide and in the local school district, especially in the upper middle school grades and in high school.

Still, Re-1 saw grade-level gains compared to last year in math proficiency at the fourth, ninth and 10th grades, while test scores fell off for third-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

Across the district, math proficiency ranged from a low of 38.6 percent at the 10th-grade level to a high of 71.9 percent for third-graders, according to the latest testing results.

Science scores for the grade levels tested remain similarly low. In Re-1, test scores at the fifth and 10th grades increased over last year to 40.3 percent and 52.8 percent proficient or advanced, respectively.

The percentage of eighth-graders scoring proficient or advanced in science fell from 48 percent last year to 42.7 percent this year.

Meanwhile, the Garfield School District Re-2 saw some improvement over last year in its test scores. Re-2, which includes public schools in New Castle, Silt and Rifle, saw an increase in students scoring proficient or advanced in 18 of the 27 testing categories.

Re-2 saw scores drop in eight grade-level testing categories, while one category remained the same this year compared to last.

For a full report on Re-2 test scores and trends, pick up this week’s Rifle Citizen Telegram, or visit http://www.citizentelegram.com.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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