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Grand Lake Elementary students slam CSAPs

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News

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Grand Lake Elementary School students who took the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP, scored in the top 10 percent in the state.

The CSAPs tested students in grades 3, 4 and 5 across the state, and in the Northwest Colorado region, Grand Lake students’ test results from the 2009-10 school year were in the company of West Grand High School and Steamboat Springs Middle School in terms of high proficiency as well as growth – producing better results than in previous years.

“They did extremely well,” said East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas. “They performed very well.”

In previous years, such schools outperforming 90 percent of Colorado’s schools were “accredited with distinction,” but since the state is overhauling its accreditation system, the distinguished honor was not bestowed on the top schools this year, according to Karas.

Even so, parents, teachers and town officials made sure the students were recognized for their achievements. During a Nov. 19 celebration in honor of the students at the school, Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke passed out medals to each of the students, including last year’s sixth-graders who were invited to take part in the celebration.

With fewer than 16 students in Grand Lake Elementary classrooms, the achievement is just as honorable as if there had been more, according to Karas. “Fewer students can hurt you as much as can help you,” she said. “One student can have a lot of impact on the scores.”

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“I think it was great effort on the part of the students and the staff,” said Grand Lake Elementary Principal Phyllis Price, adding, “We need to continue focusing on high-quality education in Grand Lake.”

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