Cherry Creek School District students continue to surpass state averages on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) test scores released this week.
Nearly 80% of 6th graders scored proficient and above in Reading, while 76% ranked proficient and above in 7th grade Reading. Eighty-one percent of 3rd graders scored proficient and above in Reading compared to 74% statewide. Seventy-five percent of 4th graders scored proficient and above in Reading compared to the statewide average of 67%.
Fourth-grade Writing scores dipped seven percentage points to 59% proficient and advanced, mirroring a seven point decline statewide, but still above the state average of 49%. There was a similar decline in 6th-grade Writing of seven percentage points down to 63% proficient and above for the district and six percentage points down to 56% for the state.
“It is puzzling that we saw nearly identical declines in Writing scores for those two grades at both the district and state level,” Assistant Superintendent Elliott Asp said. Asp said that the declines this year follow a somewhat smaller jump in scores in 2011. “We will have to take a closer look at these results to determine what is behind the fluctuations across the state and in our district for the 4th and 6th grade Writing tests for the last two years,” Asp said.
It is important to note that the scores released Wednesday represent the scores of different groups of students. For example, this year’s 4th grade scores are compared to the scores of last year’s 4th graders at the grade, school and district level. Comparing scores over two or more years allows the district to identify trends showing strengths and areas where more work is needed.
Grandview High School scores increased to 67% proficient and above in 10th grade Writing, up 10 percentage points for the last two years with a 12 point gain in10th grade Reading up to 82% proficient and above.
Grandview also showed a 10 point gain in 10th grade Science with 66% proficient and above and a nine point increase in 10th grade Math.
Overland High School posted two-year gains in all grades for Reading, Writing, Science and Math, most notably an eight percentage point gain in 10th grade Reading with 58% scoring proficient and above.
The achievement gap between Black, Hispanic and Native American students and their White and Asian peers continues to narrow.
In Science, the percent of Black, Hispanic and Native American students scoring proficient and above in Science across all grades has risen 10 percentage points in the last five years, seven percentage points in Math, six percentage point in Reading, and five percentage points in Writing.
“We are still not where we need to be in terms of closing the achievement gap, but we are seeing progress in the right direction,” Asp said. “We are using these results to identify the strategies that are successful and building on these gains.”