Mesa County students fall behind on TCAP exams

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. TCAP scores are out, and they aren't looking promising for District 51 students.

Many parents may not be getting the favorable results they were expecting in their upcoming parent-teacher conferences.

Across the board, writing scores in District 51 have seen some unexpected dips in seven of the eight grade levels tested, leaving many students below the Colorado proficiency benchmark.

Third graders in District 51 that took TCAP exams last year fall 10% below state baseline standards in writing, and that fact has District 51 administrators looking to teachers to get their students up to speed.

“We know we need to work on writing, and we know that we want to focus on investing on our teachers to improve writing because the highly skilled teacher is what makes a difference,” says Tony Giuardo of District 51.

Teachers will be receiving professional development classes in order to more adequately implement more rigorous curriculum on their students during the 2014-2015 school year.

Despite the effort to improve performance, this will be the last year that TCAP testing takes place in Mesa County.

Beginning later this year, a new CMAS exam will be administered to students in elementary school all the way through their senior year of high school.

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