Third-grade reading CSAP scores drop

Editor's note: A portion of this story was omitted when published in the Saturday Morning Press. We are publishing it again today in its entirety.

Moffat County School District's third-grade reading scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests dropped from last year, according to unofficial results released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education.

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In 2006, 76 percent of students passed the exams. On this year's tests, 70 percent passed.

The 2007 scores mark the lowest in the third-grade reading tests six-year history.

Students may receive ratings of "unsatisfactory," "partially proficient," "proficient" or "advanced" for sections of the CSAP tests. Those receiving "proficient" or "advanced" ratings pass the test.

District-wide, 7 percent received an "unsatisfactory" rating, about the same as years past. Twenty-three percent got a "partially proficient" rating, 66 percent got a "proficient" rating and 3 percent got an "advanced" rating.

"It is the first CSAP test that these kids have ever taken in their life, so that just becomes the baseline data in a lot of ways," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said. "It's hard to react to it. The growth is going to be what's most critical to us -- next year, how did those kids do."

Ridgeview Elementary School third-graders were the only ones in the district to make an increase in their reading scores. In 2006, 79 percent passed the test. In 2007, 90 percent did.

"We were just absolutely tickled," Ridgeview Principal Julie Baker said. "We have a real strong third-grade class this year -- academically, socially and behaviorally. It's just one of those classes that comes through that is just terrific."

Baker attributes the class' success to the teachers from kindergarten through third-grade.

At Sunset Elementary School, 73 percent passed the third-grade reading test in 2006 and 64 percent in 2007.

In 2006, 77 percent of East Elementary School third-grade students passed the reading test. This year, 58 percent did.

Bergmann said Sunset and East have significantly higher special education and English Language Learner populations than Ridgeview.

"When you really look at the data and the details ... East and Sunset have a lot of individual celebrations with the kids that they were working with," Bergmann said.

Test results for Maybell Elementary School were not released because fewer than 15 students were tested.

The Department of Education did not have test data for Dinosaur Community Charter Learning Center, which is not part of Moffat County School District.

Michelle E. Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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