Jefferson County Public Schools’ Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and college entrance test results for the 2017-18 school year outpace the state of Colorado for achievement and growth …
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Jefferson County Public Schools’ Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and college entrance test results for the 2017-18 school year outpace the state of Colorado for achievement and growth data on CMAS and PSAT/SAT assessments, even as the district’s achievement gap remains.
One of the school success stories in Jeffco includes Green Gables Elementary in Lakewood, celebrating English language arts growth results that increased from the 37th percentile in 2016 to 56th in 2018. CMAS mathematics growth showed even larger gains, from the 28th percentile to the 58th percentile over three years. Achievement scores also steadily improved.
“Over the last two years, we pulled together as a highly-collaborative school community with a laser-like focus on the student experience, professional learning, and fostering strong relationships through a commitment to restorative practices,” said Green Gables Principal Suanne Hawley. “Thanks to the hard work of our staff, student self-direction, and support from our families, our kids are learning more than ever!”
Notable Jeffco performance highlights include SAT and PSAT achievement and growth scores that substantially exceed the state of Colorado’s overall performance, as well as performance gains in middle school math achievement.
Jeffco 10th-graders scored an average of 982 on the PSAT with ninth-graders scoring an average on 940. State-wide results showed an average 10th-grade score of 944 and an overage ninth-grade score of 902. On the SAT, Jeffco 11th-graders also surpassed the state average by 42 points with an average score of 1056.
The most significant year-over-year growth was in seventh-grade math with a 5.9 percent increase in students meeting or exceeding expectation putting the total at 39.3 percent. Scores also increased by 3.8 percent in eighth-grade math bringing the number of students meeting or exceeding expectations to 24.1. This puts seventh-graders above the state average of 28.8, but eight graders below the state average of 28.2.
However, eight grade students taking advanced math score above the state average with 78.7 percent of algebra students meeting or exceeding expectations and 90.3 percent of geometry students meeting or exceeding.
In English language arts, seventh graders also showed the most gain with 53.8 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations — a 2.5 percent increase from last year.
“It’s clear we have made progress, and we make a point to celebrate those successes,” said Matt Flores, chief academic officer for Jeffco schools. “We also track the strategies that are making an impact so we can support this work in other areas of our district.”
The most significant decrease in performance on this years assessment for Jeffco students was sixth-grade math, which declined to 38.9 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations — a drop of 2.3 percent from last year. The state average for sixth-grade math is 30.4 percent.
CMAS and SAT results also provide an opportunity to identify areas that need attention, notably opportunity gaps for students who reside in lower income communities.
Of the students tested who are eligible for free/reduced lunch, 29.1 percent met or exceeded expectations in English language arts, while 18.3 percent did so in math. This is compared to 61.8 percent and 51.7 percent for students who are not eligible.
A press release from Jeffco schools states that the district “has prioritized its commitment to equity in Jeffco’s strategic vision and strategic plan, as the organization believes a truly great system offers all students an opportunity to realize their full potential.”
“Jeffco Public Schools continues its tradition of excellence, as expected,” said Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass. “However, our work in transforming the classroom experience for all students will give us more opportunities to make learning engaging, and I’m confident that our CMAS, PSAT, and SAT results will track that positive impact as we move forward.”
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