Douglas County School District’s state standardized testing scores consistently ranked higher than the state’s and neighboring districts’ results, as well as scores higher than pre-pandemic levels.
On Aug. 17, the Colorado Department of Education released the Colorado’s Measures of Academic Success or CMAS scores for the state and individual districts. Colorado’s state score for all grades on the English Language Arts, or ELA, portion had 43.2% of students meet or exceed expectations. In math, 31.5% of students met standards.
Both scores are below 2019 scores, but grade level break-downs show improvement over last year’s scores in most grades.
In Douglas County, scores were up across the board and surpassed 2019 scores in almost all areas, except math for grades 6, 7 and 8. The district’s score across all grades for English Language Arts is 59.7% of students met or exceeded expectations and math is 49%.
“We’re really really proud of our teachers, our kids and all of the hard work our families have done over the past two years to make sure our kids stayed on track,” Superintendent Erin Kane said. “Truly, our teachers just did an amazing job through really hard times, so we’re incredibly proud of our staff and our students.”
Kane pointed to the ELA scores in all grades and overcoming the 2019 scores as some of the highlights of the results. The district has prioritized improving literacy over the past few years and the scores show that work is paying off, Kane said.
“I’m really excited to watch what happens to literacy in our district over the next year while we are implementing all the science based reading programs,” she said. “We’re really hoping we can continue to move our students and help them make a great deal of progress in the area of literacy.”
Kane also highlighted the third grade math scores for the district, where 59.6% of students met or exceeded expectations, which was the highest for any grade level in the district.
With the CMAS results released, the district will evaluate the scores for areas for improvement by school and grade. Kane noted the most important information they provide is on the student level.
“We use these results when we’re looking at individual kids to see what our individual kids need so that we can make sure we’re filling in gaps and helping them grow in the areas the need to grow,” she said. “That’s the work that happens in our schools every day.”
To see the full CMAS results, go to www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/cmas-dataandresults-2022.
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