Third Grade Reading Proficiency Improves in Western Colorado
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Reading proficiency of third grade students around the state grew 1 percent over the last year, but School District 51's rate grew by 2 percent, reaching 72 percent reading proficiency for 2012.
This was the first year students in Colorado took the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) test, and the results showed that many District 51 third graders increased their proficiency in reading.
Some District 51 officials say the increase may be a result of the new guaranteed viable curriculum program the schools implemented.
A few of the outstanding schools are New Emerson Elementary, with an increase of 9 percent to 100 percent proficiency, Taylor Elementary, which increased by 7 percent to a total of 89 percent, Scenic Elementary increased by 16 percent to 86 percent, and Pear Park Elementary increased 17 percent to total 64 percent proficiency.
Garfield County's Re-2 School District was also above the state average. School district officials attribute the success to a reading program that was implemented three years ago.
A few of the Garfield Re-2 schools saw significant gains, including Cactus Valley Elementary, which went up 6 percent to 88 percent, Graham Mesa Elementary saw an 8 percent increase, bumping it to 65 percent, Kathryn Senor Elementary jumped 9 points to 86 percent and Elk Creek Elementary increased 2 percent, to 89 percent.