School administrators are celebrating the fact that 88 percent of Littleton Public Schools third-graders scored proficient or advanced on the first-ever Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading test, well above the state average of 74 percent.
“We are getting much better at identifying students much earlier who need additional instruction in literacy and also getting the right interventions in place earlier,” said Connie Bouwman, assistant superintendent of learning services. “Our teachers and literacy specialists have poured their hearts and souls into this effort. Interventions alone cannot increase student achievement. It’s the teachers and the specialists working directly with our young readers and writers and using these interventions effectively that truly makes all the difference.”
LPS scores range from East Elementary, where 56 percent scored proficient or advanced, to Wilder Elementary’s 100 percent fait accompli. East scored 66 percent last year, and 57 percent in 2010. Seventy-six percent of East’s students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches, while just 6 percent of Wilder’s do.
Only 20 third-graders throughout the district scored unsatisfactory, down from 42 in 2011. Just 6 percent of economically disadvantaged students scored unsatisfactory, down from 9 percent last year. The number of homeless LPS third-graders doubled, while their reading scores improved by 8 percentage points.
The news wasn’t as good for students lacking English proficiency, however, as the district lost some gains that were made in 2011.
“This continues to be an area of focus through targeted literacy interventions and teacher training,” reads a press release from the district.
“LPS no longer has a gender gap,” declares the release. Girls scored 90 percent proficient and advanced, up one percentage point from 2011, and boys scored 86 percent, up three percentage points from last year.
“I am so proud of the coordinated effort among students, teachers, parents and the community to make these kinds of successes happen” said Superintendent Scott Murphy. “The community’s support of the 2010 mill levy helped LPS keep the
very programs that are benefiting kids the most. Without the mill levy, it would have been difficult – if not impossible – to continue the level of literacy support that has clearly made a significant impact on our young students.”
These results are preliminary and will be finalized with the release of all the TCAP scores in July.
Percentage of LPS third-graders who scored proficient and above on the 2012 TCAP assessments, by school:
Centennial Academy of Fine Arts, 84; East, 56; Field, 76; Franklin, 93; Highland, 85; Hopkins, 91; Littleton Academy, 94; Littleton Preparatory Charter School, 83; Lenski, 98; Moody, 90; Peabody, 82; Runyon, 90; Sandburg, 91; Twain, 84; Wilder, 100; District, 88; State, 74