Some schools shine, some don't make the grade

By: Amanda Shotsky Email
By: Amanda Shotsky Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO)_It's the type of news parents want to hear, statewide, third graders are reading at a higher level.

That's according to the first set of results from the Colorado Student Assessment Program or CSAP released Tuesday.

The percentage of Colorado third-graders reading at grade level rebounded this year after falling in 2010. But the real bright spot in District 51 was at Clifton Elementary where scores jumped 27 percent.

Across the state, 73 percent of third graders achieved at-proficient or advanced levels on exams given in February this year. That's up from 70 percent last year.

To see how your child's school did click on the attached link.

While District 51 scored below the state average, it did see an increase of two percent. Some schools made major leaps like Chatfield Elementary jumping 11 percent and Orchard Avenue up 10 percent.

But not all schools are making the grade. Some of the lowest scores included Pear Park Elementary which dropped 11 percent and Mesa Valley Vision which dipped 9 percent.

Overall, district officials say they are pleased with the overall results but they are not ready to celebrate anytime soon.

"I'm feeling good that we are moving forward in a time of diminishing resources but as I always say, until we have every kid performing at the proficient and advanced range we are not where we need to be," says Executive Director of Elementary Schools Andy Laase.

CSAP results are broken down into four categories advanced, proficient, partially proficient and unsatisfactory. Overall, District 51 fell 3 three unsatisfactory percentage points, something officials are happy to report.

The CSAP results released Tuesday are considered unofficial until August. Scores from the other grade levels and subjects like math and science are expected to be released sometime in July.

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