District 51 CSAP scores: Download them here

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

11 News has the CSAP scores for District 51 released on Friday from the Colorado Department of Education.

Mesa County Schools have mixed reactions on the scores.

School District 51 says it is seeing some very promising signs that a new reading curriculum is working but while there were some standouts of success, officials are worried that when it comes to writing and math, students aren't making the grade.

"I can't say that we're satisfied but they're encouraging. I think there's early evidence that some of the things we've implemented in the last two years are starting to get traction," Superintendent Steve Schultz told 11 News on Friday.

He says a new reading curriculum is getting results--third, sixth and tenth grades all seeing a jump in student performance.

"We're able to see kids growing and seeing overall proficiency go up," said Schultz.

In third grade, there was growth in all areas with the biggest spike in writing-- eight percent more students were at or above proficiency this year.

More students in sixth grade are passing. The standout there--a two percent increase in proficiency in math scores.

And while more tenth graders were at or above proficiency in reading and writing, math took a dive-- one percent less students made the cut.

And that's one of the areas Ssuperintendent Schultz worries about the most.

"Even though there's growth and improvement we still have a long way to go."

Schultz is hoping a new math curriculum starting this year will do the trick.

"We're excited about that opportunity, that's gonna be a critical piece for kids success."

Another area of concern for the superintendent, writing.

officials say they're working out the details but won't be making any changes just yet.

Shultz says district wide changes take a back seat to individual student success.

"That's where the real critcal mass how is each individual and where are they right now that allows a teacher to have a launching off point when they begin this school year."

Parents will get their individual child's score in two ways--for elementary school, you'll get scores from the school or teachers when kids go back to school.

For middle and high school parents--you'll be able to log onto the district's "Parent Bridge" website right now to take a look.

The Colorado Department of Education also launched a new growth model for student achievement.

In a new Web site called "School View," the state offers links to CSAP scores by district, comparison tools and outlines a new growth model which will track how much districts, students and schools grow in performance from one year to the next.

Click on the link below for more on CSAP scores across the state and the new Colorado Growth Model.

The site and the growth model have been in the making for four years the only one of its kind in the country.

Colorado is hoping it will help them win more than $4 billion in federal stimulus money up for grabs.

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