Monday, September 11, 2000
Steamboat Springs Eighth-grade students in the Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 surpassed the performance of students statewide on the Colorado Student Assessment Program in mathematics and science.
This was the first year students were tested in those two subject areas. The CSAP tests do not measure students against students, but measure and report what each student has actually learned in the subject being tested.
"For first-year data, this gives us a base upon which we can build," said Judy Harris, content standards director. "These scores give us both important individual student achievement data and a way to look at possible needed curriculum and instructional improvement in various areas of math and science. The CSAP is an important piece of data that indicates student achievement."
Steamboat Middle School principal Sandy Hall agreed with Harris.
"It's good to have these baseline scores. We're pleased that we are well above state averages, and we know we will improve from here," she said.
Hall added there is still a lot of work to do, and RE-2 School Board members agreed.
Results are reported on four levels of proficiency: Advanced, proficient, partially proficient or unsatisfactory.
For science, students were tested on their knowledge associated with six statewide science standards: scientific investigation, physical science, life science, earth and space science, science interrelationships, and common connections among scientific disciplines.
For math, on each of three days of testing last spring, students were required to respond to multiple-choice questions and to write short and long responses to story problems they read. The test was created to measure proficiency in six mathematic standards for the eighth grade: number sense, algebra, data collection and analysis, geometry, measurement and computation.
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