South Routt schools study trends


— The South Routt School Board is focused on improving students' achievement in math, reading and writing.

The board will examine trends in the Colorado Student Assessment Program results and consider the action plans of the literacy and math committees at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school administration boardroom in Oak Creek.

Superintendent Steven Jones said the district has seen tremendous improvement in reading and writing and attributes the improvements to the establishment of a literacy committee four years ago.

"I think we have made exceptional progress in literacy because reading and writing scores have improved significantly over the last four years," he said.

The third-grade class at South Routt Elementary was 87 proficient or advanced in reading according the CSAP results released last spring.

The score was a 5 percent increase in proficiency from the year before.

The math committee formed last year, and Jones said the school board is hoping to see the planning of the committee boost students' math scores as well.

"We'll see if the efforts will pay off," Jones said.

He said all teachers received additional math training in November and the math committee is considering additional staff training throughout the year.

Jones said he would discuss the goals and action plans of the math and literacy committee at the meeting.

Board President Hank DeGanahl said the literacy program required schoolwide changes and additional programs.

"I think our staff was really dedicated to the changes," DeGanahl said.

He said the board would review the CSAP results for the first time and look at how school programs are improving students' education.

"I think the results will show us that we are making progress," he said. "The literacy program has been a real success."


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