CSAP reading scores released

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Strawberry Park Elementary School leads Routt County in third-grade reading scores for the 2005 Colorado Student Assessment Program.

Ninety-seven percent of the school's 70 third-graders scored advanced or proficient. That's an increase of 2 percent from last year.

"Every year, our teachers work really hard, and they've really developed that program," Strawberry Park Principal John DeVincentis said about the school's reading program. The school focuses on "early intervention," or assessing and working with students while they are in kindergarten and the first and second grades, he said.

In Steamboat Springs, 90 percent of the district's third-graders are advanced or proficient readers, including 84 percent of third-graders at Soda Creek Elementary School.

Last year, 92 percent of the district's third-graders scored advanced or proficient.

"Steamboat continues to perform very well, and we're very pleased and excited about the results," said Kelly Stanford, Steamboat Springs director of curriculum and instruction.

CSAP scores are one piece of "a body of evidence" that shows how well schools are performing, and so they need to be kept in perspective, she said.

The third-grade reading CSAP results were released last week, and hard copies were received by schools Monday. The test is given early so scores can be released early, which means individual literacy plans can be developed for students if necessary, Stanford said.

CSAP scores for all tests for all grades will be released by August.

Statewide, 71 percent of students scored advanced or proficient, which is down 3 percent from last year.

In Hayden, 90 percent of third-graders at Hayden Valley Elementary School are advanced or proficient in reading. That's down just 1 percent from 2003 and 2004.

"We were very pleased with our results. ... That's a high average, and we hope to maintain that high average," Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

At South Routt Elem--entary School, 71 percent of students scored proficient, compared with last year, when all students scored proficient or advanced. Twenty-five percent of this year's third-graders were partially proficient, and 4 percent were unsatisfactory.

"It's a different class, different group of kids," Principal Kim Rabon said about the scores. "We have to remember that when we're looking at CSAP scores."

A better measure is to compare how well one group of students does as it progresses through the grades. Students don't take the CSAP tests in second grade, but Rabon said other tests showed that this year's third-graders experienced growth in abilities during the past year.

Also important is that South Routt Elementary only had 24 third-graders.

"When you look at small classes, one kid in an unsatisfactory (score) takes us down 4 percent," she said.

She said that reading programs at South Routt Elementary had not changed since last year.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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