District test scores show growth

Planning is to focus on raising state achievement test results

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Patty Hanrahan, assistant superintendent of Englewood Schools, is pleased with the district's improvement in reading, as reported in the recently release TCAP results.

“We have seen overall growth in reading at most grade levels,” she said. “A lot of effort and work was focused on reading improvement last year and the test results indicate we have taken steps in the right direction.”

Based on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores, Hanrahan said there is still more work to be done in reading, as well as in writing and math.

This year's TCAP scores — based on tests taken in the spring — were released Aug. 14. The program is designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. State tests are administered in reading, writing and math, and some grades are tested in social studies and science.

The TCAP scores provide data on both achievement and on growth. The results are released for each individual school as well as the district as a whole. The achievement scores reflect the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on the tests. The data on growth indicates student improvement from year to year.

“One of our goals is to focus on instruction of common core standards,” Hanrahan said. “Common Core is the national standard all students are expected to achieve in order to satisfy graduation requirements.”

The district report on the TCAP results included a number of highlights for Englewood schools. For example, the district saw the expected amount of student growth for reading in all grade levels and fifth- and seventh- graders had significant achievement advances in writing.

Some of the highlights from individual schools included:

• Bishop Elementary School registered a 39 percent achievement gains in fifth-grade reading and a 28 percent improvement in reading assessment.

• Students at Charles Hay World School exceeded state scores for reading achievement in three of the four grades tested.

• Englewood Leadership Academy students exceeded state achievement results in reading, writing and math in eight of the nine tested areas.

• Englewood High School students met or exceeded growth in reading and writing in all grades tested.

The district posted a link to the highlights and reading, writing and math scores from the TCAP report on its website at www.englewoodschools.net. When the district receives the performance framework report from the state it will post a link to all of the TCAP scores for all Englewood schools.