Vail school leads 3rd grade reading scores |

Vail school leads 3rd grade reading scores

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Third graders at Eagle County public schools scored 69 percent proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the statewide CSAP tests, according to results released Tuesday.

Some 69% of Eagle County Schools’ third graders score proficient or advanced on the test. English-speaking third grade students scored 95 percent proficient or advanced, up from 92 percent last year. This group of third grade students includes native English speakers of all ethnic groups, as well as native Spanish speakers who have attained Fluent English Proficiency.

Vail’s Red Sandstone Elementary had the highest percentage of students score proficient/advanced in the district at 92 percent, followed by Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle and Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards at 88 percent. Red Hill Elementary in Gypsum showed an increase in the percentage of students scoring proficient/advanced, up from 69 percent last year to 72 percent this year. Gypsum Elementary and June Creek Elementary in Edwards also displayed improvements, increasing their scores to 61 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

“With CSAP testing beginning in 3rd grade, this is our first look at how this particular group of students performs,” says Dr. Sandra Smyser, Eagle County Schools superintendent. “We continue to provide real-time data to teachers from the benchmark assessments and remain committed to ensuring that our curriculum is aligned to both the new state standards and assessments. “

The third grade CSAP is the first opportunity for English language learners to demonstrate their skills on an English test. Forty percent of English language learners scored proficient or advanced on the reading portion of the 3rd grade CSAP, evidence that an achievement gap still exists in Eagle County Schools.

Across all grade levels, 64 percent of Eagle County Schools’ students are English-speaking, while 36 percent are English language learners. Eagle County has an exceptionally higher number of English language learner students than the state, which reported 14 percent in 2009. –

“The CSAP test scores indicate that we need to continue to challenge all of our students to succeed academically, both low-achieving and high-achieving,” says Heather Eberts, Eagle County Schools’ executive director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “Not only will we continue to work towards closing the achievement gap between English language learners and native English-speaking students, but we continue to aim to increase the growth of all students, including our highest achievers.”

Some 470 students took the CSAP test this year with only 45 students (or 9.5 percent) scoring in the “unsatisfactory” range, an improvement from 61 students last year.

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