Vail Valley third graders improve test scores |

Vail Valley third graders improve test scores

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoVail education: Jose Luis Arce reads with his son, Manuel, during Meadow Mountain Elementary School's Family Literacy Night in December. School officials say these programs are one reason why reading scores are improving

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “Third-graders in Vail Valley, Colorado public schools scored three percent higher than they did last year on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, known as CSAP.

The Colorado Department of Education released the results of the 2009 CSAP for third-graders Friday, showing that seven out of the district’s 10 elementary schools’ test scores were either constant or better than last year ” this was the first year of testing for June Creek Elementary in Edwards.

The overall scores of third-grade students in the Eagle County School District have been improving each year for the past three years.

Brush Creek Elementary, Red Sandstone Elementary and Eagle County Charter Academy received the highest scores in the district, with 88 percent, followed by Eagle Valley Elementary, with 76 percent. Red Sandstone Elementary had the most dramatic increase in the district, improving by 20 percent, from 68 percent to 88 percent.

Avon Elementary, which has a large Hispanic population, also showed a large increase in scores, from 55 percent to 64 percent. The school district credits Avon Elementary’s extended year and Saturday classes as major factors in the improvement. The programs offer additional academic help to struggling students.

Edwards Elementary increased scores from 55 percent to 65 percent.

The school district believes the improved scores have a lot to do with the new reading program, Literacy By Design. Literacy By Design teaches the five components of reading ” phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Sixty-nine percent of Eagle County Schools’ students are English speakers, while 31 percent are non-English or classified as “limited English proficient.” Eagle County has an exceptionally higher number of Non-English and limited English proficient students than the state, which reported 12 percent Non-English or limited English proficient students in 2008.

Statewide, third-graders scored 73 percent this year, up from 70 percent in 2008.

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