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Third-graders in Steamboat Springs continue to outperform state results on standardized reading test

Third-graders Ellery Hodges

— Educators in the Steamboat Springs School District again are celebrating how their third-grade students performed on the state’s standardized reading test.

The results from the reading portion of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, revealed that third-graders here scored well above the state average.

"We’re definitely pleased with our results, and as always, we’re looking at the individual results for each student to see what we can do better," Soda Creek Principal Michele Miller said.

Following a record-breaking performance on the test last year, 88 percent of third-graders this year scored at a proficient or advanced level compared to the state average of 73 percent.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that statewide performance on the test largely was stagnant the year before the READ Act goes into effect. The new law will provide more funding for literacy programs and also will allow schools to retain third-graders who have reading deficiencies.

While Steamboat’s scores were higher this year than they were in 2010 and 2011, the numbers represented a slight drop from last school year, when 92 percent of third-graders in the district scored at a proficient or advanced level.

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Miller said the schools work to help students who have identified reading deficiencies through interventions.

New literacy coaches in the district this school year also are working with teachers to bolster their reading curriculum.

While Steamboat maintained its high performance on the reading test, the results in Hayden and South Routt show students in both districts scored below the state average.

In Hayden, 72 percent of the third-graders scored at a proficient or advanced level. In South Routt, 66 percent achieved a proficient or advanced level.

The results represent a decrease from how last year's third-graders performed on the test. Hayden and South Routt officials often cite their small class sizes as a primary reason for year-to-year fluctuation in test scores.

Third- through 10th-grade students are tested annually in reading, writing and math on the TCAP. Fifth-, eighth- and 10th-graders also are tested in science. The rest of the TCAP test results will be released this summer.

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