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CCSD students outpace peers statewide on CSAP
Cherry Creek School District students continue to
surpass state percentages on all of the Colorado State Assessment Program test scores released this week.

Scores on 16 of the 27 tests given to third through 9th-graders rose, while scores on seven of the tests dropped slightly. Scores on four of the tests remained the same.

Overall, third-grade reading scores rose by three percentage points to 80% proficient and advanced
compared to the statewide average of 73%. However,
scores dipped slightly between one and three percentage points in fifth through 10th grades. Fourth
grade scores remained the same.

“We are pleased to see that writing, math and science scores are moving in the right direction,” said Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Mary Chesley. “And although reading scores across all grade levels topped 70% proficient and advanced, we need to analyze these results carefully to determine why we saw some declines in fifth through ninth grades.”

It is important to note that the scores released Wednesday represent the scores of different groups of students. For example, this year’s fourth grade scores are compared to the same student’s scores as
third-graders marking their progress in each subject area. 

The Cherry Creek Schools District also surpassed state averages on the Colorado Growth Model, which show the progress of the same students over time as they move from grade to grade. School-by-school results will be available later this month.
“The growth scores allow teachers to focus on each
student’s strengths as well as those areas where he or she may need extra support,” Chesley said.

“One of the things we see consistently from year to year is that students who have been enrolled in the district for a year or longer generally score an average of three to four points higher than their more mobile peers.”

Fourth-grade writing scores rose five percentage points to 66% proficient and advanced compared to 56% proficient and advanced at the state level. Both sixth- and ninth-grade writing scores went up four percentage points. Eight-grade writing scores dipped slightly to 63% proficient and advanced compared to 54% statewide.  

Seventh-grade math scores saw the greatest gains up five percentage points to 63%

CSAP scores are just one indicator that the district uses to measure student success. Later this month, the district will receive the results of the 11th grade ACT scores which indicate college and workforce readiness.

For school-by-school results, please visit

Posted 8/5/2011 9:52 AM
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