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27J third-grade reading TCAP results remain above state average

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27J third-grade reading TCAP results remain above state average

BRIGHTON – The number of School District 27J third-graders reading at a proficient or advanced level remained above the state average and tops among metro-area Adams County school districts, according to unofficial data released by the Colorado Department of Education this week.

 

            According to the results from the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program test, about 74 percent of School District 27J third-grade students scored at a proficient or advanced level on the tests administered earlier this spring. The state average for third grade reading scores is about 73 percent. The scores do show that School District 27J dropped from a record high of about 76 percent of third-grade students reading at a proficient or advanced level in 2012.

            “We’re pleased that our scores remain above the state average and that we continue to be the leader among metro-area Adams County school districts,” 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler said. “At the same time, our results show that about one out of every four of our third-grade students isn’t reading at a proficient or advanced level. We can’t be satisfied with that. Our goal is to have all of our third-grade students reading at a proficient or advanced level. We will keep working toward that goal.”
            The highlights among the results included three district-managed schools reaching new highs on third-grade reading scores. Eighty percent of Thimmig Elementary third graders scored proficient or advanced. It marked the second consecutive year the school has shown a substantial increase. Seventy-nine percent of Turnberry Elementary third-grade students scored proficient or advanced – a five percentage point increase from a year ago and the third consecutive year of score growth. Second Creek Elementary third graders scored 84 percent proficient or advanced – a three percentage point increase that followed a 15 percentage point increase in 2012. Eighty-seven percent of third-grade students at first-year school Brantner Elementary scored proficient or advanced.
            “There are celebrations to be found in this data. We realize there is also room for improvement,” 27J Chief Academic Officer Kelly Corbett said. “Our third-grade students did their work. Now it’s time for us, as administrators, to dig into this data and find out how we can help all of our students improve and succeed.”
            The Colorado Department of Education plans to release official third-grade TCAP reading results along with scores for remaining TCAP and ACT tests in early August.

 

 

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