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W. Grand schools receive "accredited" rating in CSAPs

Tonya Bina
Grand County, CO Colorado

The West Grand School District was given an “accredited” rating, second from the top tier of accreditation by the state, in the latest 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program results.

“Overall we did very well,” said West Grand Superintendent Kevin Chalfant.

Work paid off, Chalfant said, in bringing up math and writing skills in the elementary school. In terms of growth among elementary school students – or improvement over the previous year and in comparison to peers across the state who scored similarly in CSAP’s two-year “growth” history – percentages increased for reading, writing and math.

“Our elementary made real positive growth,” Chalfant said.

And in proficiency scores, West Grand Elementary students outscored state averages in all categories. The elementary school was given a “performance” plan for its overall framework score, the highest possible.

But according to CSAP test scores, “the middle school has some improvement to be made,” Chalfant said. Except for sixth grade reading scores, middle school test scores in proficiency for 6th, 7th and 8th grades in reading, writing and math were below state averages.

Growth for the middle school also was below the 2009-2010 CSAP results. Both the middle school and high school have not yet been assigned plans by the state on the basis of scoring, according to Chalfant.

The high school “has been scoring at the top of the state,” Chalfant said, “and is still scoring above the state average.” Where last year the school achieved a 88-91 percent growth rate in reading, math and writing, this year’s scores reflected a 58-64 percent growth rate.

And in test proficiency scores showing academic achievement, high-school grades ranged from meeting state averages to scoring well above them. Notable was ninth-grade reading, which was in the 91 percentile compared to 66 percent state average. And in writing, tenth grade scored 72 percent compared to the 47 percent state average.

“Overall it was good showing,” Chalfant said.

Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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