CSAP Reading Score Released; Score Down Statewide

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

CSAP reading scores for 3rd graders were released Tuesday and there is concern in Southern Colorado. Scores in all but one district in our area dropped.

Scores are actually down all across the state, by three points from last year.

"We were disappointed. We know we have a lot of work ahead," said Janeen Demi-Smith, Director of Assessment for District 11. Their scores fell by 6 points, from 75-percent of kids being proficient to only 69-percent.

The only area district to not see a decrease was District 20, they were flat at 86-percent.

"The state dropped and ours stayed the same. We feel good about the consistency of our learning, the kids are doing a good job,” said Todd Morse, Assessment Director for District 20.

Peyton saw the biggest drop, from 91-percent proficient to 61-percent. Ellicott was close behind at 26 points.

Now all the districts will now start looking at the data, looking for trends and weak spots to try and figure out why scores were so low. "Was there something different about the test this year? Was a different standard emphasized then in years past," Demi-Smith said.

While administrators are concerned, some parents aren't too worried. Tonja Weber has a 3rd grader at a D-11 school. "Some kids just don't test well, it’s just a lot of pressure,” Weber said.

The results released Tuesday only represent 4-percent of CSAP results. The rest will be released in late summer.

Here’s a look at how districts did in our area.

District 2009 2010 Change
Academy 20 86 86 0
Cheyenne Mountain 12 93 92 (1)
Colorado Springs 11 75 69 (6)
Ellicott 22 73 47 (26)
Falcon 49 79 76 (3)
Fountain 8 78 71 (7)
Harrison 2 69 65 (4)
Lewis Palmer 38 89 83 (6)
Manitou Springs 14 86 81 (5)
Peyton 23 JT 91 61 (30)
Pueblo 60 78 72 (6)
Widefiled 3 74 69 (5)
Woodland Park 80 76 (4)
Colorado 73 70 (3)

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  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Charter schools do not turn away any students, in fact they encourage and promote the recruitment of students. Teachers are also paid less than other district school teachers for reasons unknown. So, why do they stay? For the same reason parents choose to bring their children to a charter school. Teachers, Law Enforcement, and Firefighters are the least paid people in the country, yet the still come to work ready for the challenge, because they love what they do. Charter schools offer so much more to students and have the capabilities to advance them academically than public schools can. Parents choose where to send their kids to school and I know everyday when parents drop their kids off at my charter school I know the kids want to be there. That is the best paycheck of all.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    Anonymous, private schools can turn down students, but public charters are different. Private schools have tuition but charter schools have to take the kids from the district. I know this because I work at a charter school. I think charters offer a more intimate setting for the students and more one on one time with teachers is possible with charters. The curriculum can also be modified easier to match state standards and benchmarks.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Charter schools and private schools are allowed to turn students away, regular public schools are not...they must do their best with the crop of kids they are given. This is often why charter schools will have higher scores. And charter schools are run within the public school system, so you really shouldn't have to pay much to send your son there.
  • by Citizen K on May 5, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    Wendy, I don't approve of CSAP either, but I don't think that when my child becomes school-aged I'll be holding him out of school to miss the test. You do bring up an EXCELLENT point though- when the test is for the state, suddenly it is a huge deal, but when it is for an individual's grade, like all other tests are, little or no notice is given to the parents to help them prep their kids, and it's viewed as less important. THAT is where we're going wrong with education. We try so hard to make things look nice and high-standard on the outside, but the little ones are suffering and just being herded along in reality. This is why I'm hoping to be able to afford to send my son to a charter school- they just seem to care more there.
  • by Georgianna Location: James Madison Charter Academy on May 5, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    James Madison Charter Academy of Widefield scored 80% proficient on their 3rd grade reading CSAP scores for the 2009-2010 school year, compared to 53% proficient in the 2008-2009 school year.
  • by Wendy on May 5, 2010 at 05:15 AM
    I HAVE NEVER approved of Csap. This why. We get notices for weeks before it starts, make sure your kid eats breakfast before csap, make sure your child get 8 hours of sleep before csap, we are giving away prizes for being here, make sure your child attends school that week, blah blah blah. My question is this....d-11 does not care or PUSH whether a child has eaten or slept when it is a test that counts for the student-My children never took csap and i will not allow them to ever take it. I am tired of it being shoved down our throats. We are all supposed to jump to attention during csap testing. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
  • by karin Location: CS on May 4, 2010 at 09:26 PM
    Where do we find scores for private schools? How does the state rank against other states? Have they also lost points?
  • by Audrey Location: Colorado Springs on May 4, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Speaking of lowering scores. Uh, 75-69 is only 6, McKenzie!
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