North Routt CSAP scores up |

North Routt CSAP scores up

Test scores released later because of school's small size

— Scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program were up across the board at the North Routt Community Charter School.

Eighteen students in grades three through eight took the CSAP tests in the spring of 2006, but their scores were not released publicly at the same time as schools in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt because of the small size of the school.

Instead, head of school Colleen Poole is responsible for putting the scores together and delivering the results.

On Thursday, she said she was proud of the students and teachers at the small North Routt school.

“We had a significant increase in our CSAP scores this year,” Poole said. “Everything came up so much from last year.”

In 2006, the 18 students tested were 95 percent proficient-to-advanced in reading compared to 77 percent in 2005.

In math, an area of focus at the school, 71 percent of the students were proficient to advanced this year compared to 22 percent in 2005.

In writing, 64 percent of the students scored at a proficient-to-advanced level in 2006 compared to 31 percent in 2005.

In science, 71 of the students scored at a proficient-to-advanced level. The science test was administered to the school’s fifth- and eighth-graders, but it was the first time the fifth-graders took the science test.

“We are proud of the progress our kids have made,” Poole said.

Poole didn’t release results by grade because, in some cases, there was one student in a grade, which is why the Colorado Department of Education doesn’t release CSAP scores for such small schools.

Poole reviewed individual scores to make assessments and released the school’s overall scores to track progress.

“In 2004, when I came here, we had just started implementing some of the academic things we were doing,” she said. “I’m not anticipating the results of that to really be seen until 2007 or 2008. This year’s third-graders and second-graders would have been here since the very beginning (of the new academic plans).”

The North Routt Community Charter School received a $2,583 grant from the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Employee Fund, which will be used to expand the science and environmental program.

“We have a program called an inquiry-based, hands-on program,” Poole said. “Those monies will be going to help us with the purchase of materials and helping us develop those expeditions in science. We want to take advantage of the natural setting we live in. I think it’s important for kids to realize they are part of something bigger than their school.”

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