D51 students score below state average on most TCAP tests

School District 51 elementary students failed to beat the state average in reading, writing, math and science proficiency on new Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests this spring, while their seventh- through 10th-grade peers surpassed the state average in TCAP reading tests.

District 51 10th-graders also surpassed the state average in science, according to data released today by the Colorado Department of Education.

The percent of students in local public schools who scored grade-level proficient or better on spring 2012 TCAP tests ranged from 100 percent proficiency in third-grade reading and math and fourth-grade math at New Emerson School to 0 percent proficiency in math for 10th-graders at R-5 High School. 

Colorado public school students took TCAP tests in spring 2012 in place of Colorado Student Assessment Program tests. The state is moving away from CSAP tests over the next couple years and the state board of education plans to approve a new statewide assessment that will reflect statewide curriculum standards introduced in 2011-12 in all Colorado schools. In the meantime, schools will continue to administer TCAP reading, writing and math tests in spring 2013 and spring 2014 and use TCAP science tests in spring 2013. New science and social studies tests are scheduled to be introduced to students in spring 2014.

Read Thursday’s Daily Sentinel for the full story and complete District 51 TCAP results.


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