District expects CSAP results

Individual scores will help Hayden analyze student performance

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The Hayden School District expects to receive individual student CSAP scores from the Colorado Department of Education by the end of the week.

The scores, which will be sent to parents, will help the district piece together fourth- and fifth-grade students' proficiency in reading and writing.

A coding error, which left some students with no scores, marred overall results released earlier this month.

The Hayden School Board will discuss Colorado Student Assessment Program test scores during its meeting to----night.

Although the district has pinpointed the coding error, it is unclear whether it occurred while the district or CDE processed the information, Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

With students' individual reading and writing scores, the district will change its unofficial results to paint an accurate picture of proficiency. District officials also will work to change CDE's results, Luppes said.

Although the errors can be corrected, district officials are more concerned about results for other grade levels, which saw flat or declining reading and writing scores from last year, he said.

Almost all grades -- excluding third, fourth and fifth -- scored lower than last year in reading. Only third- and sixth-graders scored better than the state average in writing.

The district, through staff, School Improvement and Dis--trict Improvement team meetings, will be exploring a combination of factors that may have contributed to the low scores, including teachers' and students' attitudes toward testing, Luppes said.

"We've got to take a look at what we're doing," he said, adding that district officials also will be discussing how to improve what's being taught and what to do if students are not learning.

Intervention strategies are a focus of Professional Learning Communities, an education philosophy the district began implementing during the 2004-05 school year.

The approach, which emphasizes teacher collaboration in evaluating students and setting learning goals, helped push the School Board's decision earlier this year to implement a four-day school week during part of the school year.

The schedule is intended to give staff more time to plan and carry out PLC strategies.

Staff reporter Susan Cunn--ingham contributed to this report

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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