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Moffat County lower than last year, on par with state averages

Michelle Balleck

— Moffat County School District’s five-year trend is over.

The district has celebrated five consecutive years of “steady growth” in its Colorado Student Assessment Program scores. But this year, scores have “flattened out.”

“Initially, we were disappointed not to see the growth we have seen in previous years,” Superintendent Pete Bergmann said. “This year, we had some leveling off and some backsliding, and now we just need to look at why.”

The Colorado Department of Education released 2007 CSAP scores Tuesday – third- through 10th-grade results for reading, writing and math and fifth-, eighth- and 10th-grade scores for science.

Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said the district has more scores that have decreased from last year than increased, but that the drops are not significant ones.

“There were definitely some successes and some areas of concern that we need to take a look at,” Bergmann said.

He said administrators have again identified math and reading as the district’s students’ strengths. Moffat County’s math scores are on par with the state average, averaging 49 percent proficient and advanced across third- to 10th-grade scores. But the district did have high – 23 to 34 percent – unsatisfactory ratings in eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade math.

Local reading scores are 2 percentage points above the state average at 68 percent across third to 10th.

Eighth-grade science scores – 51 percent of local students are proficient or advanced versus 50 percent statewide – are solid, Bergmann said. But the fifth- and 10th-grade scores, which reflect the second year of testing at those levels, are not as high as Bergmann would like.

Thirty-two percent of local fifth-graders are proficient or advanced in science compared to 37 percent statewide. Forty-six percent of Moffat County 10th-graders meet that standard versus 47 percent throughout Colorado. All three grades had many students – 19 to 27 percent- score unsatisfactory in science.

“Writing is probably our area of greatest weakness,” Bergmann said.

Third- to 10th-grade writing scores reveal 46 percent of Moffat County students are proficient or advanced in the subject area, versus 54 percent statewide.

Bergmann said the district plans to keep writing as a priority this school year, as it was last year.

“I think we need to stay goal oriented as we move forward,” Bergmann said.

Sheridan said teachers and administrators will closely look at specific scores before returning to school Aug. 21 to analyze areas that need improvement and how to target those subjects.

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


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