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Summit ahead of state on first CSAP results

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Summit County, CO Colorado

Percentage of students at each school who scored Proficient or Advanced on the 2007 third grade reading CSAP:

– Breckenridge ” 85 percent

– Dillon Valley ” 52 percent

– Frisco ” 80 percent

– Silverthorne ” 69 percent

– Summit Cove ” 88 percent

– Upper Blue ” 90 percent

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Results from the Spring 2007 Third Grade Reading Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) were released to school districts this week, showing that Summit School District students perform above the sate average.

The district’s third graders who scored Proficient or Advanced was 77 percent, compared to the state’s 71 percent, according to a press release from the district Thursday.

“For Summit, this percentage has stayed relatively stable for the last five years with variations of one or two percentage points,” said Robin Ziperman, director of technology, assessment and professional development for the district.

This year’s percentage of students scoring Proficient or Advanced are the same as in 2006 and the percentage of those scoring Unsatisfactory decreased, she added.

Also, about 200 students took the test in English, and the district was pleased to see that girls and boys are reading at about the same level, school officials said.

The number of Unsatisfactory scores is highly related to the testing requirements for English Language Learners (ELL) who have been in the district for less than three years, the school district said.

“Per Colorado law, we continue to test our ELL students before they have gained an adequate proficiency in English that would enable them to have more success on an English language test,” Ziperman said.

The effort to test all students, including those who are not yet proficient in English, and the statistical effect of the small sizes of third grade groups causes the scores to fluctuate a bit from year to year, she said.

Results from the test will be used as part of a body of evidence in determining if students should be placed on an Individualized Literacy Plan (ILP), the school district said. That is part of the Colorado Basic Literacy Act and why the reading results are released before the rest of CSAP.

The data will also be used for instruction, Ziperman said.

“We still have a month of time and instruction with these kids and some data is relevant to their progress,” she added.

The school district anticipates receiving the rest of CSAP results in late July. Third through 10th graders take CSAP in reading, writing and math, and students in fifth, eighth and 10th grade also take a science component.

“We are pleased that our CSAP scores are stable and that all classroom measures demonstrate that our literacy programs are developing strong readers,” Ziperman said. “The bottom line is that our kids continue to do a great job learning to read.”


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