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East, West Grand 3rd graders exceed state average in standardized testing

Tonya Bina

East Grand School District 3rd graders exceeded the state average in Transition Colorado Assessment Program scores at two out of three of the district’s elementary schools.

The Fraser Valley Elementary School scored 81 percent proficient-to-advanced in TCAP testing, which exceeded the state average of 74 percent, and the Granby Elementary School 3rd-graders scored 75 percent proficient-to-advanced.

The testing of 3rd-grade reading took place in February, with results recently released to Colorado’s schools.

The Indian Peaks Charter School 3rd grade class three-year average score is a 52 percent. Because their are fewer students at Indian Peaks, the score is averaged over three years to protect individual results. The score puts Indian Peaks on a turnaround plan with the Colorado Department of Education.

The Free and Reduced Lunch students at Indian Peaks, however, scored a 75 percent in reading achievement.

Notably, the English Language Learners population at East Grand Schools exceeded the achievement level in reading of the overall student population.

East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas attributes this achievement to strategic interventions, close monitoring of student progress and the district’s use of literacy and English Language Learners coaches.

Third-grade results are generated earlier than other state test results so schools and districts may begin determining strategies for students who are struggling with early literacy issues.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program is designed to support school districts as they transition to the new Colorado Academic Standards. Where possible, TCAP measures standards that are common between the old standards and new standards. TCAP results can be compared to past years of Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test results.

TCAP was designed to maintain comparable results that can be used in the state’s accountability system.