Mix-up leads to false scores for Caprock

Institute tells charter schools some test results inaccurate

An estimated 200 students received erroneous Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores this summer due to a mix-up, according to The Colorado Charter School Institute.

TCAP took the place of Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests this spring. Results of the tests, taken statewide this February through April, were released last week by the Colorado Department of Education. It is unclear at this time how the data errors may have affected schoolwide results, according to a statement released by The Charter School Institute.

The institute oversees 23 Colorado charter schools, according to its website, including Grand Junction’s Caprock Academy and GOAL Academy, which has a satellite office in Grand Junction. Caprock Headmaster Kristin Trezise confirmed Monday students from her school had received erroneous scores while a representative for GOAL Academy in Grand Junction told the Daily Sentinel she had not heard anything about the mix-up. A spokesman for the Charter School Institute was unsure Monday which schools were involved in the results errors.

A statement from Ethan Hemming, executive director of the institute, stated some TCAP scores were excluded from results by mistake due to CSI staff error. Students and parents affected by the mistake will receive a personal letter and, at a later date, accurate results, according to the release.

“We own the problem and we have already instituted new procedures for handling data,” Hemming said in the release.

Trezise said students and staff “did everything they were supposed to” with the tests and that something went wrong when the institute tried to submit scores from its nearly two dozen schools to the Department of Education. Trezise said the institute informed Caprock at least five of their students and possibly more either received a zero on TCAP tests when they shouldn’t have or received a score when they should have had a zero or nulled test score.

Trezise said she was told accurate results may not be available until late August or early September. By then, students will already have made goals for academic progress this year, something students usually do each August based on results from CSAP, Northwest Evaluation Association test scores and classroom work.

“CSAP always comes so late anyway and now we have to wait another month so that information won’t be helpful to us. Luckily we use classroom data and NWEA data as well so it’s not going to stop what we do,” she said.

The error is “a little frustrating,” but parents and the school have been understanding, Trezise said, and she hopes the institute will learn from the mistake so following years go smoothly.


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