State Test Scores Reveal Mixed Improvement, Decline
by William Woody
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MONTROSE — New state test scores show mixed improvement and decline throughout schools in the region. Although Montrose county schools showed improvement in reading, writing and science curriculums over 2012 Colorado Department of Education's TCAP test scores, the Montrose School RE-J1 School District is still lagging behind state averages.

Montrose students improved in reading from 66.6 percent in 2012 to 67.2 percent in 2013. The state average currently is 69.5 percent.

The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program is Colorado’s standards-based assessment, designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and communities.

In 2012, Montrose students scored 47.8 percent in writing.  This year that number grew to 50.2 percent, still nearly five percentage points below the state average of 55 percent. Montrose students only slightly declined in math, from 50.5 in 2012 to 50.3 today, more than six percentage points below the state average of 56.6 percent.

In science, Montrose students improved by almost a full percentage point, from 45.9 in 2012 to 46.5 in 2013, just four percentage points below the state average of 50.4 percent.

"We're seeing some steady gains overall; there are some pockets that have dropped," said Laurie Pascoe, Montrose's director of curriculum and instruction.

Pascoe said some of the numbers were "disappointing," however the district is seeing upward trends with improvements in aligning school curriculums and said the "big picture" remains promising.

Pascoe said in some schools the district's kindergarten through 5th grade, or K-5, reading programs were being taught differently from classroom to classroom. She said the district is working to improve teacher instruction so school curriculums are better aligned with each other with the hope testing scores will improve.  Pascoe said "after this year" the district will see great improvements.

Performance data on the Colorado ACT, a nationally accepted college entrance exam, has been released.  The average composite score for English, math, reading and science increased from 20 in 2012 to 20.1 in 2013. The highest possible composite score on the ACT is a 36.

Montrose and Ridgway showed improvement in each ACT testing area. Telluride students’ results showed a mix of slight improvements and declines. ACT results from Ouray and Norwood were not available at press time.

Score and other information can be found at the Colorado Department of Education site at: www.schoolview.org.

 

Percentage of Colorado students whose score was ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’ in recent TCAP tests: 

 

Reading:

2013: 69.5 percent

2012: 69.3 percent

Writing:

2013: 55 percent

2012: 54 percent

Math:

2013: 56.7 percent

2012: 55.8 percent

Science:

2013: 50.4 percent

2012: 48.9 percent

 

***RIDGWAY SCHOOLS***

 

Ridgway

 

Reading:

2013: 82.5 percent

2012: 86.2 percent

 

Writing:

2013: 67 percent

2012: 72.5 percent

 

Math:

2013: 63 percent

2012: 72 percent

 

Science:

2013: 74.3 percent

2012: 74 percent

 

***OURAY SCHOOLS***

 

Ouray

 

Reading:

2013: 86.4 percent

2012: 83.5 percent

 

Writing:

2013: 74.5 percent

2012: 67.5percent

 

Math:

2013: 82.2 percent

2012: 72.8 percent

 

Science:

2013: 71.1 percent

2012: 65.9 percent

 

***Telluride***

 

Telluride

 

Reading:

2013: 77.2 percent

2012: 84.8 percent

 

Writing:

2013: 71.4 percent

2012: 69.3 percent

 

Math:

2013: 68.3 percent

2012: 71.7 percent

 

Science:

2013: 63.8 percent

2012: 78.5 percent

 

***NORWOOD***

 

Norwood

 

Reading:

2013: 77.7 percent

2012: 78.7 percent

 

Writing:

2013: 62.7 percent

2012: 58.9 percent

 

Math:

2013: 47.7 percent

2012: 57 percent

 

Science:

2013: 65 percent

2012: 59.2 percent

 

***SILVERTON

 

Silverton

 

Reading:

2013: 68.2 percent

2012: 76.4 percent

 

Writing:

2013: 48.7 percent

2012: 41.1 percent

 

Math:

2013: 54.7 percent

2012: 52.9 percent

 

Science:

2013: Not reported

2012: 37.5 percent

 

wwoody@watchnewspapers.com

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