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LPS students continue to outscore the state average by as much as 23 percentage points proficient and advanced in all grades and all subjects tested on CSAP;
Euclid, Goddard, Newton, and Powell middle schools post the highest grade 7 math scores they’ve ever had

Results from the 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) show that Littleton Public Schools students continue to perform at high levels. LPS students are scoring from 10 to 23 percentage points higher at the proficient and advanced levels than the state average in all grades and all subjects tested.  LPS typically scores 15 percentage points above the state average.

The following grade levels and content areas all scored greater than 15 percentage points higher proficient and advanced than the state:

  • Reading, grades 4, 5, and 9
  • Writing, grades 3, 5, 9, and 10 (grade 9 scored 17 percentage points higher than the state)
  • Math, grades 5, 7, 9, and 10 (grades 9 and 10 scored 19 percentage points higher than the state)
  • Science, grades 5 and 10 (grade 10 scored 23 percentage points higher than the state)

LPS is the only school district in the Denver metro area and one of only 14 in the entire state to be Accredited with Distinction, the state’s highest academic rating.

On the 2011 test, LPS district scores increased in ten of the 27 areas tested.  Scores in five areas remained the same.  Twelve areas tested experienced declines, but in nine of the areas, the declines were two percentage points or less; in three areas, the declines were four percentage points or less.  The state experienced similar results with declines in 10 areas, increases in 12, and five remaining stable. 

Math scores continue to trend upward.

  • LPS Grade 7 math showed the strongest scores ever; across the district, scores gained eight percentage points proficient and advanced.  Grade 10 math also showed very strong scores with all schools experiencing increases and a district increase of 5 percent proficient and advanced. Two groups of students have now completed a full implementation of the CMP2 math program: one at the middle level and one at the high school level.  Increased teacher training and resources were initiated two years ago, which supported increased student achievement in this area.
  • Heritage High School posted its highest grade 10 math scores ever and had the highest grade 10 math scores in the district .  Heritage scored 19 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • Grade 5 math scores were also the strongest ever in LPS.
  • Moody Elementary achieved best achievement to date in both grade 3 and grade 4 math.

Reading scores held steady or increased in all three grade levels tested.

  • Grade 3 writing scores were higher than 90 percent proficient and advanced at Franklin, Lenski, Runyon, Sandburg, and Wilder elementary schools.
  • Grade 4 reading scores were higher than 90 percent proficient and advanced at Littleton Academy Charter School, Lenski, Twain, and Wilder elementary schools.
  • Grade 5 reading scores were higher than 90 percent proficient and advanced at Franklin, Littleton Academy Charter School, Lenski, Runyon, Sandburg, and Wilder elementary schools.
  • Four elementary schools increased or maintained reading performance at all grade levels:  Centennial Academy, East, Sandburg, and Wilder.

Universal Literacy Framework and Inspired Writing program contribute to stronger writing scores
In the third year of implementing the Universal Literacy Framework and Inspired Writing programs, the grade 3- to-grade 4 unmatched cohort performance showed gains in 11 of 15 elementary schools.  The grade 4- to-grade 5 cohort showed very strong gains in 13 of 15 elementary schools in writing and 10 of 15 elementary schools in reading.  (“Unmatched Cohort” groups represent student performance of a group of students as they move from grade to grade (ie. 3rd graders in 09-10 and 4th graders in 10-11.)

  • Lenski Elementary posted its strongest grade 3 writing scores ever with 91% proficient and advanced.  This is the highest in the district.
  • Seven elementary sites showed double digit cohort gains in grade 4- to grade 5 writing:  Field, Highland, Hopkins, Littleton Prep Charter School, Peabody, Sandburg, and Twain.
  • Six grade 3 –to grade 4 cohorts showed double digit gains in writing at East, Franklin, Hopkins, Peabody, Runyon, and Twain elementary schools.
  • Middle school writing at the district level was stable in grades 6 and 7 and declined in grade 8.
  • Newton Middle School had their strongest writing scores ever in grade 7 with 75% proficient and advanced.
  • High School writing scores remain stable with Arapahoe High having the best performance at grades 9 and 10 and Littleton High showing the most improvement by increasing grade 9 writing by four percentage points proficient and advanced.
  • In elementary writing, the number of unsatisfactory scores declined at all grade levels and in grade 5, there are only ten students whose scores remain unsatisfactory districtwide.

Science scores continue to be high.

  • Science scores were up in grades 5 and 10 with grade 8 holding stable.
  • The largest gains were made by East, Field and Hopkins elementary schools.
  • Grade 10 science scores are 23 percentage points higher proficient and advanced than the state.
  • Littleton High science scores were the highest they’ve ever had.

LPS continues to reduce the gap in student performance among subgroups.

  • In the English Language Learners subgroup (ELL), students showed gains in reading in all grade levels except one.
  • There are half as many unsatisfactory scores in the high school ELL subgroup in reading compared to last year.
  • The percentage of free and reduced lunch eligible students continues to increase at all grade levels; yet, writing performance in this subgroup improved in six of eight grade levels.

 “The cohort data indicates that our system-wide approach to improve reading and writing continues to pay off for our students,” said Connie Bouwman, assistant superintendent of learning services.  “It’s exciting to see the work our students and staff are doing in these areas.”

“We continue to be pleased by our students’ overall performance on CSAP tests, and we are particularly pleased that our focus on literacy is resulting in increased achievement,” said Superintendent Scott Murphy.  “I am very proud of the ways in which our teachers, parents, and students work together to focus on areas for improvement as well as continue to value a well-rounded education for every student we serve.”

CSAP, along with other assessments like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and classroom grades are reviewed together to determine whether or not students are on or above grade level.  The LPS achievement goal states that 90 percent of all students will be on or above grade level in reading, math, writing, and science by the end of the 2011-2012 school year.  Currently, 82 percent of LPS students are performing on or above grade level, compared to 78 percent four years ago.  Professional Learning Communities provide the framework for the important work teachers are doing to help every student improve.  

 

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