District 51 making the grade, CSAP scores released

By: Amanda Shotsky
By: Amanda Shotsky

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)_ District 51 is making the grade, with students scoring above the state average in assessment testing for the second year in a row.

The Colorado Student Assessment program or CSAP results were released Wednesday.

It's a snapshot of the states education system. Grades 3 through 10 are ranked in four subjects: Reading, writing, math and science and while there were ups and downs within the district, county officials are calling the overall growth a success.

For two years now District 51 students are scoring at a higher rate than students across the state, using the new way of measuring student success called the Colorado growth model. It compares growth from year to year rather than the actual score on the standardized test.

Mesa County saw a higher growth rate at the high school level in reading writing and math.

Middle schools came in above average in reading, and math but came in at the state level for writing.

While elementary school students performed below the state average in reading, writing and math officials say they are still happy to have seen growth from last year.

"We are looking to improve in all areas i think some of the focus in the elementary school will be reading next year we were kind of in the same, we certainly didn't go down but we are looking to improve in reading next year," says Executive Director of Elementary Schools for District 51, Lesley Rose.

2011 marks the 15th year of the Colorado Student Assessment Program and the last. The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program begins next year.

To check a specific school's data, or learn more about the growth model results, we've put a link to the department of education's website below.


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