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DCSD Leads Metro Area in Reading and Math Scores


Submitted by Kristine Turner, Douglas County School Board President

The 2009 CSAP (Colorado Student Assessment Program) results are in. For another year, Douglas County School District exceeded the state average in every grade and every subject tested by 11 to 21 percentage points!

Compared to 2008, DCSD maintained or gained in 20 of 27 tests.

DCSD processed 91,557 CSAP exams in the 2008-09 school year. The results show that:

ALL elementary schools’ averages were at or above the state average in 6th grade reading and writing.
ALL middle schools’ averages were above the state average in 7th grade reading, writing and math.
In mathematics, 7th grade students increased their average by 10 percent and exceeded the state average by 21 percent.
In science, gains were made in all three grades tested (5, 8 and 10). 10th grade results were 5 percent higher than last year and exceeded the state average by 14 percent.
In writing, 3rd grade students showed a 5 percent increase and exceeded the state average by 13 percent.

Comparing 2009 results to the average of the previous four years shows:

In mathematics, gains in the percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency were shown on 4 of the 8 tested grade levels compared to the 4-year average.
In writing, gains were shown on 4 of the 8 tested grade levels compared to the 4-year average.
In reading, gains were shown on 3 of the 8 tested grade levels compared to the 4-year average.
Because of new standards in 2007-08, a 4-year comparison of science results is not possible until 2011-12.

“We are very proud of our students and teachers for these exceptional results,” says Superintendent Jim Christensen. “Even in adverse times, our community remains focused on and committed to student learning.”

These results continue to confirm that Douglas County School District is one of the top districts in the state. Our top schools continue to have a positive impact on the quality of life in Douglas County.

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