Third-grade test scores rise

Englewood proficient or advanced scores increase 10 percent

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Every Englewood school recorded higher percentages of third-graders scoring in the proficient or advance range on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading tests this year than in 2013.

“We are excited and proud of the performance of our third-graders on the reading tests,” Brian Ewert, school superintendent, said. “But we also try to keep everything in perspective. This is a different group of third-graders from the third-graders who took the test last year so it's comparing apples to oranges. Also, this is the first state assessment test results for these students so we don't have a test history measuring the academic growth of these students. But we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of these students.”

School or district TCAP results are reported as the percentage of students who scored unsatisfactory, partially proficient, proficient and advanced. This year, the average number of third-graders state wide scoring proficient or advanced declined slightly from 72 percent in 2013 to 73 percent this year.

It was a different story in Englewood elementary schools. According to the unofficial results provided by the state, the percentage of students scoring proficient and advanced went up in every school and the district percentage climbed from 54 percent in 2013 to 64 percent this year.

The highest percentage gain was at Cherrelyn Elementary School. Last year, 31 percent of the third-graders scored proficient or advanced while 53 percent of this year's third graders achieved those scores.

The difference in the 2013 and the 2014 percentages of students achieving proficient and advance scores at the other schools were:

Bishop 56 percent to 57 percent

Clayton 58 percent to 63 percent

Charles Hay 68 percent to 73 percent

“The results of the third-grade TCAP scores are exciting and I don't believe you can attribute the improvements to any one factor,” Ewert said. “In the four years we have been in the district, we have strived to help students improve and grow academically.”

He did note the district issued an IPad to each student and rolled out a reading program called myOn Reader. The IPads also provide students to access to more than 4,000 books.

Since the program was activated in July 2013, Englewood students have read a total of almost 59,000 books and they have spent more than 14,000 reading.

The superintendent said he feels the district is making progress in student growth and achievenment. He said that, in the last three years, Englewood has gone from being classified by the state as a Turnaround District that needed to improve to a district classified as Accredited with Improvement.

He said the goal continues to be to keep improving and the reading scores hopefully indicating Englewood School are moving in the right direction.