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Some CSAP scores announced

JULIE SUTOR
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Summit County’s third-graders scored just above the state average on the 2005 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) reading test.

Seventy-five percent of Summit School District’s third-graders scored “proficient” or “advanced,” compared to 72 percent statewide.

“Looking at Summit School District versus the state, we’re doing really well,” said assistant superintendent Peg Kastberg. “And Frisco Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary had no unsatisfactory students, which is cause for celebration.”

The state released the third-grade reading results to school districts before the rest of the CSAP results, which arrive in late July. The early reporting helps teachers determine which students need an Individualized Literacy Plan (ILP), as described in the Colorado Basic Literacy Act.

“Getting the information this early is helpful as we’re planning for our (teachers’) Summer Academy, as we’re planning for next year’s instruction for fourth grade. We can look at strategies, we can look at curriculum, we can zero in on specific students to figure out how to support them and move them to the next level,” Kastberg said.

CSAP data also determines whether schools and districts meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress; state officials use the data to determine school ratings on the annual School Accountability Report.

According to Summit School District officials, the 75 percent proficiency figure masks some success, because students exempt from the test are included in the calculation.

Special education students and English Language Learners who have been in the district for three years or fewer are not required to take the CSAP tests. Colorado Department of Education refers to such students as “No Scores” in its data.

n Among all Summit third-graders who took the test (i.e., excluding the No Scores), 83 percent scored proficient or above.

“We’re very impressed with our overall reading scores. They’re terrific when we take out the No Scores, but we’ll still be looking at areas we can work on,” Kastberg said.

n Among all test-takers at Frisco Elementary and Silverthorne Elementary, 100 percent of students scored “partially proficient” or above ” all passing grades in the eyes of NCLB.

n Districtwide, 96 percent of test-takers scored partially proficient or above, leaving only seven students who scored “unsatisfactory.” Of those seven, all scored “high” within the unsatisfactory category, Kastberg said, meaning they were just shy of landing in the partially proficient category.

n Dillon Valley Elementary had a substantial dip in the percent of its students scoring proficient or above: 70 percent in 2004 down to 50 percent this year. But Kastberg said the drop doesn’t necessarily reflect a decline in students’ reading ability there. The opening of the new Silverthorne Elementary School this year shifted the boundary lines that determine where students attend school, thus shifting the two schools’ respective student demographics.

Also, some ELL students who were exempt from the test took it anyway so that district staff could have access to valuable data the test provides.

“It’s a real challenge for our students who come from other countries. If we sent our English-speaking students to another country where they had to learn in a language other than English, it would be pretty challenging for them too,” Kastberg said.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

Summit 2005 CSAP third-grade reading results

% of total students proficient or advanced % of test-takers proficient or advanced

Dillon Valley 50 63

Breckenridge 81 85

Frisco 85 88

Silverthorne 64 86

Summit Cove 84 84

Upper Blue 86 89

District total 75 83


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