Jeffco students show slight improvement on CSAP tests

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By Emile Hallez

Jeffco Public Schools showed slight improvements this year in most Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, though the percentage of students rated as proficient or advanced dipped in several instances.

The most consistent gains were seen in science, for which only grades five, eight and 10 are tested. Across the district, the amount of 10th-graders scoring proficient or higher grew by 5 percentage points over 2010, and smaller increases were seen for fifth- and eighth-graders.

In writing, students in grades three through six showed notable increases, with fifth-graders improving by 4 percentage points and third-, fourth- and sixth-graders improving by 5 percentage points. However, 10th-graders showed no improvement, and results for seventh- and eighth-graders dipped by 1 percentage point. Ninth-graders improved in writing by 2 percentage points.

Overall, scores in math increased slightly, with the strongest improvement seen among seventh-graders, at 5 percentage points above 2010 levels. Still, tests showed flat results for fourth-graders and a 3-percentage-point drop for ninth-graders.

In reading tests, third- and fifth-graders showed the greatest increases, at 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively. Scores decreased slightly for fourth-, seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.

In every testing area, Jeffco students scored higher than state averages in the proficient and advanced categories.

Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.comor 303-933-2233, ext. 22.