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Alamosa schools show growth in 2013

Posted: Thursday, Sep 5th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA – Significant 2013 student performance gains are giving the Alamosa School District (ASD) a reason to celebrate.

On Monday night, the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) reviewed the ASD’s performance framework. The 2013 spring Colorado Department of Education (CDE) data showed all Alamosa schools are at a performance level, which has not been the case in recent years.

“It’s pretty impressive all of the growth that has taken place,” said ASD superintendent Rob Alejo about the data being used to identify teacher strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.

The combination of individual student growth percentiles determines school growth rates, comprising the Colorado Growth Model. Individual student growth percentiles are calculated with Colorado Student Assessment (CSAP) and Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) scores in reading, writing and math over consecutive years. The scores are combined into a single number, the school’s median growth percentile. Higher median growth percentiles indicate higher growth rates for students in a school, regardless of the school’s achievement. The model itself determines the percentage of students in each school growing at a sufficient rate to catch up, keep up or move up through achievement levels, and those that are not growing fast enough.

Alamosa Elementary (AE) increased two levels in the four-tiered model. In 2012, the school was classified as priority improvement. This year, the school bypassed the improvement level to achieve performance, the highest growth level, according to CDE data.

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