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CDE cites the Cherry Creek School District for “important” growth gains on CSAP
Cherry Creek School District students continue to surpass state averages on the Colorado Student Assessment Program Growth Model, which show the progress of the same students over time as they move from grade to grade.

In a report to the Colorado State Board of Education, Senior Research Consultant Dr. Bill Bonk cited the Cherry Creek School District for “important gains across the district.”

Growth was particularly strong at the elementary level, and 10 elementary schools showed very high growth in the past three years in at least one subject area.

“We are very pleased that the state board has recognized the hard work and dedication our teachers have demonstrated to produce these results,” Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Mary Chesley said. “They exemplify our motto of “Dedicated to Excellence” every day.

The Growth Model follows students CSAP scores in Reading, Writing and Math from grade to grade to determine whether they are making enough progress each year to stay on grade level, move ahead or catch up if they started the year at below grade level.  Overall the district showed more than typical growth in all subject areas and the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced is well above the state average and most other districts in the metro area.

Cherry Hills Village demonstrated very high growth over the last three years, as did Peakview, Cottonwood, Belleview, Canyon Creek, High Plains and Dry Creek Elementary schools in all three subject areas. 

More than 40% of schools showed high growth in one or more subject areas, and more than 20% demonstrated very high growth in the past three years in at least one subject area.

One are of concern for the district is growth in middle school math where the district average dropped slightly below 50% .

“We are studying those results closely to determine what needs to be done to improve growth at the middle school level,” Chesley said. “This year’s seventh-grade math scores saw the greatest gains with an increase of five percentage points to 63% above last year’s seventh-graders on the annual CSAP snapshot results. We need to find out why we are seeing that discrepancy.”

Still, Prairie Middle School continued to show some of the highest growth in math of any large middle school in the state, and Falcon Creek Middle School showed the greatest growth in writing of any large middle school in the state.

High school continues to show more than typical growth with an increase in the median growth percentile in all three subject areas. Overland High School showed very large gains in in all three subject areas as did Grandview in reading and writing.

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Posted 8/12/2011 9:44 AM
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