Administrators happy with RE-1 TCAP scoresAugust 16, 2013
The Colorado Department of Education released the state's latest standardized test scores for 2013 Wednesday. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, administrators in the Roaring Fork School District say the overall results for their students were good.
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Each spring, Colorado students from third to 10th grade take the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program. Prior to 2012 that test was called the CSAP.
In this year's round of TCAP testing, students in the Roaring Fork School District scored at or slightly below the state average in reading, and 11% below the state average in writing. In math, the younger RE-1 students performed at the state average, 10th graders scored above average, and students in middle testing age sagged below the average state test scores.
The Roaring Fork School District has one of the highest populations of English Language Learner students in the state, and Assistant Superintendent Rob Stein says that language barrier can often lead to struggles with standardized testing. Stein says with that in mind, this year's test scores are impressive. But he says there's still work to be done in preparing the district's students for college.
"I want my kids and all kids to be college ready, I want them all to go to college and I want them to be successful in College. We're not there yet, so we still have a lot of work to do. And we still have some gaps, we have achievement gaps between our English Language Learners and our native English Speakers. We have achievement gaps between our kids who qualify for free lunch and our kids who don't qualify for free lunch, and we have achievement gaps between our Latino and Anglo students, which may be just a reflection of the English Language learner aspect. So we want to close those gaps and we want to raise the bar for every student, and that's where we're trying to go."
The state will release its data on growth in test scores on August 21.