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Sargent, Sanford and North Conejos top Valley sciences

Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013




Courier staff writer

VALLEY — Three Valley districts shine when it comes to their 2012 state science scores.

Sargent, North Conejos and Sanford school districts came in with top Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) science marks this year, according to data reports.

Students are tested for science proficiency in the fifth, eighth and tenth grades. In fifth grade, students are tested for their knowledge of volume, changes in physical properties of objects, nature of matter, weather and the transference of water between land, ocean and atmosphere.

Eighth grade testing subjects include communicable and non-communicable diseases, and components of the universe.

Tenth grade testing subjects include exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions, conduction and convection, comparative advantages of types of reproduction, nervous and endocrine systems, properties of water that allow life to occur, meiosis and mitosis and star classifications.

Sargent had the highest percentage of students’ proficient and advanced in the subject in grades eight and 10 at 82 and 84 percent, respectively. The latter score is an increase of 41 percent over 2011 tenth grade scores.

Moffat fifth graders had the highest percentage in the Valley at 72 percent.

North Conejos fifth and eighth graders came in second place at 58 and 61 percent, respectively. In 2011, North Conejos fifth graders scored slightly higher, 63 percent, and its eighth graders slightly lower, 50 percent.

Sangre de Cristo tenth graders had the second highest scores, 79 percent, and up 31 percent from the previous year.

Sanford fifth and tenth graders had the third highest percentages in the Valley at 52 and 65 percent, respectively. Its fifth graders showed an improvement of 13 percent and its tenth graders 15 percent from 2011.

Del Norte eighth graders had the third highest science scores, 63 percent, which was also an improvement of 15 percent from the previous year.

On the other end of the spectrum, Centennial and Center school districts had some of the lowest scores in the Valley in 2012.

Centennial fifth and tenth graders had the lowest percentage of students proficient and advanced in the subject at 11 and 17 percent, respectively. Both scores are down from 2011 when the district’s fifth graders scored 12 percent and its tenth graders 20 percent.

Center eighth graders had the lowest score at 17 percent, which is down 33 percent from the previous year, and tied with North Conejos. The district also had the second lowest fifth grade scores, 18 percent down from 30 percent in 2011, and the third lowest tenth grade scores, 34 percent, an improvement of 13 percent from 2011.

Monte Vista eighth graders came in behind Center and South Conejos at 27 percent, down from 38 percent the previous year.

Lastly, South Conejos also had the second lowest scores in tenth grade at 23 percent, an increase of seven percent, and Sangre de Cristo had the third lowest fifth grade marks at 24 percent, a two percent decrease.

Across the state, 2012 science scores were slightly up, with 49 percent of students achieving proficiency, according to data reports.

The TCAP system was intended for use 2012 and 2013, with new tests fully aligned to the new academic standards rolling out in 2014. This year, however, the state legislature declined to fully fund the Colorado Department of Education’s request for money to develop new Colorado-only tests, making it likely that the TCAPs will carry over into 2014, according to Education News Colorado. Some legislators and the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper want Colorado to use multi-state tests being developed by two national groups. Those tests will be available in 2015 at the earliest.

Tests are administered in February through April making 2012 results a snapshot of how students performed last school year. According to Education News Colorado, about 490,500 students took approximately 1,654,765 TCAP assessments. The first CSAP tests were given in 1997, and the state assessment system now includes 31 separate tests



Valley school districts proficient and advanced in science by percent



Alamosa School District

Fall 2011 poverty rate 72 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 32 25 27 30 32

8 40 47 39 42 26

10 42 38 27 41 41



Sangre de Cristo School District

Fall 2011 poverty rate 61 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 24 26 17 24 32

8 30 75 42 35 42

10 79 48 39 55 0



North Conejos School District

Fall 2011 poverty rate 68 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 58 63 59 60 55

8 61 50 43 62 58

10 62 51 39 44 41



Sanford School District

Fall 2011 poverty rate 65 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 52 39 62 53 44

8 44 45 0 45 63

10 65 50 67 53 44







South Conejos School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 68 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 0 26 0 55 25

8 17 24 22 31 24

10 23 16 11 38 26



Centennial School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 89 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 11 12 0 0 0

8 0 0 0 20 0

10 17 20 25 36 0



Sierra Grande School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 85 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 0 24 24 0 65

8 33 0 25 24 24

10 43 33 27 0 45



Creede Consolidated School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 47 percent

No data available



Del Norte School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 63 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 38 31 27 33 17

8 63 50 71 56 35

10 46 62 31 35 54



Monte Vista School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 71 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 31 31 34 33 35

8 27 38 44 48 52

10 46 22 44 43 28



Sargent School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 42 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 33 36 60 59 61

8 82 79 82 56 68

10 84 43 59 62 56



Mountain Valley School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 66 percent

No data available



Moffat School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 52 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 72 0 28 0 0

8 59 45 50 0 0

10 0 28 0 35 39



Center Consolidated School District, Fall 2011 poverty rate 93 percent

Grade 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

5 18 30 27 10 9

8 17 33 19 18 7

10 34 21 13 25 20



-Data courtesy of Education News Colorado




















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