CSAP: 63 percent of third-graders reading at or above grade level

By the numbers

Students scoring proficient and advanced on 2007-08 third-grade reading CSAP

Colorado state average

• Proficient and advanced: 70 percent

Moffat County School District average

• Proficient and advanced: 63 percent

East Elementary School

• Proficient: 49 percent

• Advanced: None

Sunset Elementary School

• Proficient: 66 percent

• Advanced: 5 percent

Ridgeview Elementary School

• Proficient: 72 percent

• Advanced: None

Source: Moffat County School District

— Standardized test results show less than three-quarters of Moffat County third-graders are reading at or above grade level.

The state recently released results from the reading portion of the Colorado Student Assessment Program, an annual test students took earlier this year.

The test evaluates students' skills in reading, writing and math.

Test results from the 2007-08 school year show 63 percent of Moffat County School District's students scored proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the test. Of those students, 2 percent attained an advanced scoring, indicating their reading skills exceed grade average.

The state releases these test results early so teachers can begin identifying third-grade remedial readers before the school year ends. The rest of the test results are scheduled for release this summer.

Moffat County School District's third-graders fall 7 percentage points behind the state average. This year, about 70 percent of the state's students scored proficient or advanced on the state test, with about 7 percent of that group attaining an advanced scoring.

Third-graders reading at or above grade level at Ridgeview Elementary and Sunset Elementary schools dropped by 5 and 2 percentage points from last year, respectively.

That score at East Elementary, however, decreased from 77 percent during the 2006-07 school year to 49 percent during the 2007-08 school year - a decrease of 28 percentage points.

The CSAP reading score proved an accurate reflection of third-graders' reading skills, said Diana Cook, East Elementary School principal.

"That's about where we are," she said.

About half of this year's East Elementary third-graders are enrolled in one of three specialized programs to address learning needs, including English language acquisition.

"We're a little disappointed in those (CSAP) results," Cook said. "We did so good last year."

School officials are taking steps to address that situation at the elementary schools.

However, comparing the two scores can be misleading, one school administrator said.

Juxtaposing this year's third-grade CSAP scores with that of last year compares two different groups of students, said Zack Allen, Sunset Elementary School principal.

This year at Ridgeview, Shannon Samuelson, Ridgeview Elementary School literacy coordinator and other specialists are giving between 30 and 50 minutes of reading instruction four times a week to students who are behind in their reading skills.

The goal: To get those students out of reading interventions and back into the classroom, Samuelson said.

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