Scores paint rosier CSAP picture

Hayden CSAP results are looking a bit rosier now that the district has filled in scores missing from the state's official results.

The Colorado Department of Education last week sent the district individual results for the 46 fourth- and fifth-graders whose reading and writing scores did not figure into overall proficiency for the grades.

The problem happened because of a coding error in the process of submitting and resubmitting testing information to the state.

With actual test scores, the district was able to tabulate its unofficial results for each grade.

Based on those figures, fourth- and fifth-grade reading proficiency and fourth-grade writing proficiency were above the state averages. The scores also reflected the highest proficiency ever among Hayden fourth- and fifth-graders in those areas, Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

Unofficially, the scores helped boost Hayden Valley Elementary School's overall proficiency in reading, writing and math to 73 percent, compared with the state average of 63 percent, he said.

Although fourth-graders' reading and writing scores were down from their scores as third-graders, the district saw significant improvement in fifth-graders' scores compared with their scores as fourth-graders.

"Those are scores we're pleased with," Luppes said. "I think it's a tribute to students, staff and parents that we did show that improvement."

Districts typically look at scores among the same group of students for a better apples-to-apples comparison rather than comparing fifth-grade scores this year to fifth-grade scores last year, for example.

"You have to look at the growth in kids," Luppes said.

The district will send out individual CSAP scores for all students to parents next week, he said.

The CDE typically doesn't release individual scores for students who have no score in final results.

"That was our first major hurdle," said Luppes, who is working with the CDE to have the state's official results changed.

If that doesn't happen, the scores likely will result in a poor rating for Hayden Valley Elementary School on its School Accountability Report. The school ranked high last year.

"If they had our revised scores, I can pretty much guarantee it would score high again," he said.

Although a poor rating will not affect funding for the district, the school may be under "watch" among government officials looking for CSAP improvements, Luppes said.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204

or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.

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