SD51 Sees Increase in TCAP Scores, Above Sate Average
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Results from the most recent third grade Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, reading tests were just released.
Although Colorado overall saw a one percent decrease in reading proficiency, Mesa County reports an increase of two percent, and is above the state average.
Teachers say from kindergarten though second grade, students learn foundational reading skills.
“Then in third grade they are taking that and they are really digging deeper with comprehension,” said Shawn Hays, third grade teacher at Orchard Avenue Middle School. “So the comprehension becomes a major emphasis.”
It's that comprehension that these students are graded on when taking the TCAP reading tests.
“You really want kids leaving elementary school with all of the skills but if you had to pick one, it would be reading because that is access to learning in the future.” said Andy Laase, executive director of elementary schools for School District 51. “We are having more and more kids leaving our school with a high level of reading.”
School District 51 went up a total of two percent to 74 percent proficiency or above, when the state of Colorado saw a decrease in one percent and now is sitting at 73 percent.
The school district has increased every year, for the last 5 years.
“It shows that we are doing things that need to be done to support our students,” said Laase. “This is the first time we have exceeded the state line in a number of years.”
Laase says as the Colorado Academic Standards continue to increase, the Mesa County school district is keeping up.
“I think I speak for all staff that until we have every kid reading at a proficient level, we won't be happy,” said Laase.
Teachers, like Hays, say it's because of more articulation in primary grades that is helping them excel.
“With the more small group instruction and sort of pin pointing what do our kids really do need and sort of moving along on the reading continuum,” said Hays.
This range is something she and others believe will only increase from here.
Officials say the rest of the TCAP scores should be released in late July, which will give a bigger picture of how the district is doing as a whole.