Courier staff writer
VALLEY – TCAP scores show little change in 2013.
For the second year, Transitional Colorado Assessment Program(TCAP) statewide averages show almost three-fourths of the state’s students are reading at grade level, and about 57 percent of students are at a proficient or advanced level in math, roughly one percentage point improved over 2012, according to reports. Percent proficient and advanced in reading has only increased 1.7 percentage points since 2008, and math 3.5 percentage points in the same period. For students scoring proficient and advanced since 2008, Hispanic subgroup gains are at a higher rate than white subgroup gains in all content areas and English Language Learners (ELL) subgroup gains are at a higher rate than non-ELL subgroup gains in reading, however, the gap is still significant.
In addition, the low-income proficient and advanced subgroup gains are at a higher rate than non-low income student gains in reading, but, again, the gap is still significant, according to reports. Only 32.1 percent of non-proficient students made enough growth in reading to “catch up” within three years or the tenth grade, which is a .5 percent decline from last year. The same students, however, increased .3 percent in math.
Valley scores were scattered; some school districts showed great gains, others plummeted and the majority showed little change.
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