Aspen third-graders test well on Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading exam
The Aspen Times
Aspen third-graders again scored above the state average on standardized reading tests this year.
According to preliminary data released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education, 88.8 percent of third-grade students at Aspen Elementary School and Aspen Community School scored proficient or better on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program reading test given in March.
The program is designed to support school districts as they transition to the Colorado Academic Standards.
For 2014 in Colorado, 71.5 percent of the students scored proficient or better.
“We’re really pleased with the results,” said John Maloy, the superintendent of schools for the Aspen School District. “We’d love to see 100 percent, but if you look at our historic trends, we’re usually around 88 to 89 percent here in Aspen. Our staff is doing a wonderful job preparing our kids for their educational lives.”
The 2014 score is down from the previous year, when 98 percent of third-graders scored proficient or better. The 2013 score only reflects the elementary school, as the community school did not have the required minimum of 16 students tested to tally an overall grade score.
“When you only test 110 students, one or two kids can really make a difference on a percentage score,” Maloy said. “Last year’s score had a big ‘wow’ factor. The difference was only two students were tested as partially proficient in 2013, as compared to nine this year. We really nailed it in 2013.”
In the Aspen School District, 126 students were tested, with 16 students coming from the community school and 110 from the elementary school. Of the 126 students tested, only one student recorded an unsatisfactory score.
Basalt Elementary School also scored more than 10 percent above the statewide average. Basalt’s overall third-grade proficiency score of 82 percent is more than 5 percent above its 2013 average.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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