Math scores deserve 'serious look'

Steamboat students outperform CSAP state averages


— Steamboat Springs School District has surpassed the state's scores in reading, writing, math and science in the Colorado Student Assessment Program for fourth- through 10th-grade students.

This past spring, fourth-grade through 10th-grade students took assessment tests in reading; grades four, seven and 10 took tests in writing' grades five, eight and 10 took tests in math' and eighth-grade students also took tests in science.

The goal of school districts regarding the CSAP is to have 80 percent of the students score at the proficient or above-proficient level.

This was the first year the CSAP was given to grades five, six, eight, nine and 10 in reading and grade 10 in writing and math.

Fifth-grade students at Soda Creek Elementary and Strawberry Park Elementary scored the same 83 percent compared to the state's 64 percent in reading, one of the new grades tested.

Sixth-graders scored 14 percent above the state, at 77 percent, in reading.

While the state held 63 percent across the line for the newly tested grades, in Steamboat, seventh-graders scored 89 percent, eighth-graders scored 75 percent, ninth-graders scored 82 percent and 10th-graders scored 81 percent in reading.

"The scores are a credit to our teachers and students district wide," said high school Principal David Schmid, according to a school district press release.

Tenth-graders also experienced testing in writing, which Steamboat scored a difference of 19 percent for a 63-percent proficient or above-proficient score.

But with a trend in low math scores, Steamboat scored only four points above the state at 18 percent.

"We will have to take a serious look at the assessments in math because in the past our high school students have excelled on a variety of math assessments," Schmid said.

Students are scored individually at an advanced proficient, proficient, partially proficient or unsatisfactory level.

These scores are used to look at individual growth and to observe an overall trend in the students' performance in the designed reading programs.

CSAP does not assess whether a student performed at a grade level, it determines how he or she performed against the standard, which is defined as 50 percent on national or standardized third-grade tests.

Third-grade results were announced in May, but the public was awaiting the remaining CSAP scores.

The state released fourth through 10th-grade CSAP scores to the public Wednesday.

Judy Harris, director of content standards for the school district, has said third-grade CSAP scores are released earlier in the year than fourth- through 10th-grade score because parents and school officials need that pertinent information to decide if a child should be placed on an Individual Learning Plan, ILP.

Attempts to reach school officials Wednesday for comment were not successful.


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