Summit County third-graders are showing improvement in reading from last year.
The Colorado Department of Education released the results Tuesday from the reading portion of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests that Summit third-graders took in February.
The school district as a whole hit a five-year high (its score of 76 points out of 100 is the highest since its 2009 score of 80) and scored seven points above its 2013 results.
Spokeswoman Julie McCluskie attributed gains to the district’s focus on teacher professional development and quality curriculum that aligns with the test, known as the TCAP.
Of Summit’s six elementary schools, five showed improved scores from 2013 and one school’s scores went down.
As for Silverthorne Elementary, which dropped 15 points, McCluskie said the district recognizes its responsibility to all students, regardless of their background. At the same time, she said, 69 percent of students at Silverthorne this year are not fluent in English, with 20 percent at the lowest level of English proficiency.
Dillon Valley Elementary also has many students learning English as their second language, about 46 percent, and the school achieved the highest score since the state began requiring all students to participate in TCAP testing regardless of fluency.
Students in third through 10th grades annually participate in this test of reading, writing and math skills. As part of the 2012 READ Act, the state releases third-grade reading scores near the end of the school year and gives districts money to offer more focused, individualized instruction during summer school for students reading below grade level. The rest of the scores will be released in August.