LPS scores continue positive trends

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Parents who sent their kids back to Littleton Public Schools this week can rest assured the district is doing its job, according to newly released Transitional Colorado Assessment Program results.

“This is pretty amazing data,” said LPS Deputy Superintendent Connie Bouwman in a news release, pointing particularly to the fact that special-education students’ scores increased in 24 of the 27 areas tested. “Our teachers have been doing outstanding work in implementing interventions such as co-teaching that are clearly making a difference. While there is much yet to be done, this is a terrific, exciting beginning. I couldn’t be more proud of a great team.”

This is the third year the TCAP has been administered since it replaced the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP. It’s bridging the gap until new state standards are fully established.

LPS students outperformed the state averages of those scoring at or above proficient levels by as much as 20 percentage points, and all grades scored at least 80 percent proficient and advanced in reading for the second year in a row. Fourth-, fifth-, sixth and eighth-graders achieved all-time high scores in reading.

“District writing scores continue to be much higher than the state average, but the results have been inconsistent over the years,” reads the release, noting that they improved in six of the eight grade levels tested. “LPS looks forward to a new state writing assessment that will hopefully provide better data on student performance.”

Math scores are the highest ever in several areas and remained high or improved at all grade levels, and gender gaps have disappeared. In science, all grades continue to score 11 to 18 percentage points above the state average proficient and advanced.

In 11 of the 12 areas measured in grades 6 through 10, the percent of economically disadvantaged students catching up or keeping up increased significantly. Minority students outpaced the state average in growth in eight out of nine areas measured. Students with disabilities in seven of eight grades showed gains in math and reading, and all eight grades improved writing scores.

Overall, LPS students demonstrated growth at a rate above the state median in 85 percent of the areas measured.

“Increasing student achievement and closing gaps in student performance is hard work,” said Superintendent Scott Murphy in the statement. “ The board of education values this above all else, and I speak for the board and myself when I say we are very proud of the ways in which our teachers, principals, parents and students work together to help all students achieve at higher levels.”

For more information, visit www.littletonpublicschools.net.

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Other highlights:

Littleton High School maintained or improved in five of seven areas tested. LHS 9th grade writing scores are at an all-time high.

Powell Middle School scores improved in nine of 10 areas tested.

Euclid Middle School maintained or improved scores in eight of 10 areas tested.

East Elementary School experienced double-digit gains in third grade reading, third grade writing, third grade math, and fifth grade math.

Littleton Academy middle school scores are at or above 90 percent proficient and advanced in nine of 10 areas tested.