LPS writing scores remain strong with all grades tested outperforming the state average by double digits for the second year in a row and by as much as 18 percentage points.
LPS math scores are the highest ever in some areas.
Students at several LPS schools are demonstrating more growth than their academic peers across the state.
Growth in Reading
All LPS schools exceeded the state’s Adequate Growth targets. Five LPS schools had median growth in reading above the 60th percentile – Franklin, Runyon, Sandburg, Wilder and Littleton Academy Middle School.
Growth in Writing
18 of 24 LPS schools were above the 50th percentile growth in writing, which indicates that LPS students are growing more than their academic peers. Seven LPS schools had median growth above the 60th percentile – Franklin, Peabody, Runyon, Sandburg, Twain, Wilder and Littleton Academy Middle School.
Growth in Math
21 of 24 LPS schools were above the 50th percentile growth in math, which indicates that LPS students are growing more than their academic peers. Seven LPS schools had median growth above the 60th percentile – Franklin, Lenski, Littleton Prep, Peabody, Runyon, Littleton Preparatory Middle School and Newton.
The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) is designed to bridge the assessment on the former Colorado State Standards to the new Colorado State Standards. TCAP is one of several assessments LPS uses to measure student progress. As a district, LPS has an achievement goal that states, “90 percent of all students K-10 will be on or above grade level in reading, math, writing, and science. The achievement gap in student performance will be cut in half. Students not at grade level will exhibit catch-up growth. All students will achieve at high levels.” TCAP, along with other assessments like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), as well as classroom grades, are used to determine grade-level performance.
Colorado’s state assessments are changing in order to accurately assess student mastery of the updated Colorado Academic Standards. With the standards being more focused, coherent and rigorous, assessments must adapt to align with the standards. The TCAP is being replaced by Colorado’s new assessment system, the Colorado Measures of Academic Success. CMAS incorporates new science and social studies assessments developed by Colorado and new English language arts and mathematics assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). It is required that all Colorado school districts give these new assessments beginning in the 2014–2015 school year.