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English, math assessment scores released

Teresa Ristow
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— Local school districts have received the results of this spring’s English and math assessments, and parents in Steamboat Springs should expect individual student scores to be sent home in the coming weeks.

Steamboat students made noticeable gains as compared to last year’s scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC exams, and continue to perform well above state averages.

“The scores, overall, were really amazing,” said Marty Lamansky, district director of teaching and learning.

Lamansky said the results reflect the hard work of staff, students and families to teach students problem solving skills, critical analysis and comprehension.

“Scores of this caliber are highly significant and are achieved only through implementation of high-quality instructional programming,” Lamansky said.

In English language arts, between 54 and 74 percent of students met or exceeded expectations, depending on grade level, with scores 10 to 33 points above state averages.

Elementary- and middle-school math scores were also well above state averages, with between 36 and 95 percent of students in a given class meeting or exceeding expectations.

South Routt students made impressive gains in English scores, with a greater portion of third- through sixth-grade students meeting or exceeding expectations than in 2015.

South Routt’s math scores worsened at the sixth- and seventh-grade level, however, and remained flat in third grade. Data was incomplete for other grades.

South Routt Superintendent Darci Mohr said that, while district staff were pleased to see the gains in some areas, there is still hard work ahead in continuing to promote student achievement.

“Overall, we are not satisfied with our results,” Mohr wrote to staff Friday. “While they demonstrate that we have started down the right road, we do recognize the hard work we have ahead of us.”

Hayden School District results didn’t follow a particular pattern of change from 2015 to 2016, but most remained below state averages.

Some scores, such as third-grade math, were up significantly, from 24 percent of students meeting expectations in 2015 to 64 percent in 2016.

Other scores were down noticeably, including eighth-grade English scores, which dropped from 50 percent meeting expectations in 2015 to 35 percent meeting expectations in 2016.

Superintendent Phil Kasper acknowledged the mixed results show flaws in the district’s curriculum, something for which district teachers are undergoing professional development.

“The results reflect a fundamental pattern of misalignment between the written curriculum, the taught curriculum and the tested curriculum,” Kaspar said. “We know this is a problem. The board, administration and teachers are taking the needed steps to arrest this pattern.”

Growth scores, which show how the same cohort of students is improving or worsening in a subject, have yet to be released.

To see a searchable database of all districts and their results, visit the education news website chalkbeat.org.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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