D51 TCAP test results are in

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Every year District 51 teachers, students and faculty anxiously await the TCAP results and now the numbers are in for officials to evaluate their school's strengths and weaknesses.

TCAP is the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program that covers grades three through 10. Students were tested last March in reading, writing, math and science. District 51 has released the scores from the 2012-2013 school year.

Mark Vana is the principal at Grand Mesa Middle School and the test results showed good news for Grand Mesa. Vana’s 6th grade students have shown an increase in proficiency in all four subjects.

“It’s a one year snapshot so we're very excited and we're celebrating that, but at the same time we know we have to compare that and go over time," said Vana.

TCAP test results are measured in two ways; by the percent of students that are proficient or advanced in all four subjects and how a student grows over one year's time.

“The growth scores, which are probably more important, is how we measure students over time, so the proficiency is like a snapshot at one point in time, the growth measures from year to year is like a video," said Bill Larsen, the Chief Academic Officer for District 51.

Jon Bilbo, the principal at Grand Junction High School, has seen great improvement in his 9th grade math scores. Bilbo says the credit for the increase should go to a strong math lab that helped students.

“It’s been going on in the district at different high schools and we've tried it, we've continued to work the math lab concept for several years- it's just we hand selected a group of teachers that really wanted to work with 9th graders," said Bilbo.

Overall for the district, officials say math is their biggest celebration.

“All eighth grade levels tested showed an increase in proficiency and all but one is higher than the state level," said Larsen.

If you are wondering how your student did on his or her TCAP, District 51 Officials say most schools will be handing out the results, but you can always call your child's school to see how you can pick up the data or head to “Parent Bridge” online.

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