Dinosaur analyzing test results


An influx of new students led Dinosaur Community Charter School officials to think that scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests might be lower than desired.

Their suspicions were confirmed Wednesday when the department of education released CSAP scores from schools across the state. Twenty-three Dinosaur students, ranging from third to seventh grades, took the tests.

Students took tests in math, reading, writing and science.

The school received one advanced score, 10 proficient scores, 38 partially proficient scores and 25 unsatisfactory scores. A report card about how all schools performed on the test will be released this fall.

Of the 23 students taking the tests, only nine were from Dinosaur.

A school official said Friday that Dinosaur administrators were bracing themselves for lower than desired test scores because many students who took the tests were new to the school. Teachers hadn't had an opportunity to learn the students' strengths and weaknesses before the tests were administered, the official said.

Dinosaur administrators will begin reviewing the test results Monday so they may determine areas for improvement.

According to the Moffat County School District, Din--osaur results were not included with the rest of the district because the charter school did not have the 16 students, the minimum number required, in grade levels and other sub-groups.

Dinosaur and Moffat County district officials are negotiating a deal that would end their two-year partnership. The small school 90 miles from Craig is close to signing a deal with Hope Online Learning Academy, a tuition-free, public charter school offered through the Vilas School District in southeast Colorado.

Under Hope Online, Dinosaur would become an online school and be able to expand to kindergarten through 12th-grade. The learning academy would also provide the district with computers, an online curriculum and access to mentoring.

It also would offer Dinosaur educators teaching assistance.

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