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E. Grand schools exceed state CSAP goals

Tonya Bina
Grand County, CO Colorado

The East Grand School District exceeded the state’s proficiency goal in the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, or CSAPs.

Districtwide academic achievement for third through 10th grades in the 2010-2011 school year was at 70.8 percent, which means that percentage of students are proficient or advanced in accordance with Colorado’s standardized testing.

But the measure East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas is most “pleased” about is the one showing academic progress, or “growth,” she said.

The district’s students are sufficiently improving in academics, according to CSAP test scores measured by the Colorado Growth Model. The “growth” measure of students in a district can influence a district’s overall rating by 75 percent.

In 2011 preliminary results of CSAP tests, 63.9 percent of students are improving compared with last year and in comparison to other students statewide with similar CSAP history.

The scores give the district an “accredited” rating, which is one level below the top tier of “accredited with distinction.”

Fraser Elementary School outperformed other schools in the district with 75 percent academic achievement and 91.7 percent academic growth. And for students on the free and reduced lunch program, students with disabilities and English Language Learners, the CSAP tests showed 100 percent academic progress.

Other schools in the 75th percentile of academic achievement were Grand Lake Elementary and East Grand Middle School. But the Grand Lake Elementary School test scores indicated a decline in academic growth. Students went from 91.7 percent growth the year before to 75 percent in the most recent CSAPs. For students of free and reduces lunches, English Language Learners and students with disabilities, the growth declined from 100 percent the year before to 81.3 percent in the most recent tests.

Meanwhile, the East Grand Middle School students showed marked improvement, with 83.3 percent growth over 66.7 percent the year before. Disadvantaged students showed 66.7 percent growth over 53.3 percent the year before.

Granby Elementary School maintained its 68.8 percent academic achievement and showed significant improvement, with 75 percent growth over a prior-year’s 58.3 percent growth. Disadvantaged students also showed academic progress.

“Granby is definitely making the right adjustments because more students show academic growth,” Karas said.

Indian Peaks Charter School declined in both academic achievement and academic growth in 2010-2011 CSAP scores. The school also did not meet a 95 percent CSAP participation rate, which can further affect the school’s rating. Part of what may be reflected in the school’s scores is its small enrollment. “One student can have a large impact (on scores),” Karas said. The state is requiring Indian Peaks to adopt a “turnaround plan” to improve test-score achievement and growth.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Karas said of all students and teachers districtwide.

The district is entering its second year of developing curriculum that meets state standards, using data to cultivate effective teaching strategies, and developing interventions for students who are not meeting goals.

Although there are “some pockets” the district will be assessing and monitoring, “overall I’m pleased,” Karas said. “Our overall district score is moving up.”

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