The third-grade reading scores in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District saw a 7 percent dip from a year ago, but they still exceeded the state average by 7 percentage points on the preliminary results of the reading portion of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests.
Released by the Colorado Department of Education at noon Tuesday, the district’s average for the TCAP tests was 79 percent for students who scored proficient or advanced, seven points worse than last year’s 86 percent. The state average in 2013 was 73 percent, and 72 percent in 2014.
Students took the TCAP tests in February, and the official results of those and other assessments won’t be released until late July or early August from the CDE.
“This is the first state test results that we received for this group of students,” Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District Superintendent Karen Trusler said. “So these results give us a starting point for what the next steps are for instruction. I know that teachers’ efforts have been to support students’ achievement in reading.”
Grandview Elementary School was the only school in the district that saw a positive gain from 83 percent to 91 percent, an 8-percent increase. Range View Elementary School in Severance experienced the biggest drop from 89 percent for students who scored proficient or advanced in 2013 to 70 percent in 2014, a 19-percent drop and 2 points below the state average. Windsor Charter Academy also had a double-digit drop from 94 to 82.
Skyview (89 to 84) had a 5-percent drop and Mountain View (81 to 75) had a 6-percent decrease.
“It is the first time we have dropped below 80 percent since 2009,” said Amy Heinsma, Re-4 director of instruction. “Range View Elementary staff are currently reviewing data and determining next steps as well as our other schools and principals have had several conversations already about what is working at Grandview and how to learn from each other.”
Heinsma said 371 students in the school district took the test that was administered between Feb. 10-Feb. 21.
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