School district’s test scores demonstrate growth

Douglas County excels in most aspects of exams

Posted 9/4/18

Standardized test score results released in August show that the Douglas County School District improved from last year and outperformed the state in several areas. Under the Colorado Measures of …

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School district’s test scores demonstrate growth

Douglas County excels in most aspects of exams

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Standardized test score results released in August show that the Douglas County School District improved from last year and outperformed the state in several areas.

Under the Colorado Measures of Academic Success standards, students take science, math, social studies and English language arts tests at the end of each school year. Test results tell how students are performing and growing compared to their peers across the district and state, according to the Colorado Department of Education.

In English language arts (known as ELA) and math, grades three through eight are tested. In science, grades five, eight and 11 are tested. In social studies, grades four and seven are tested. The state uses a sampling approach for social studies and tests one-third of elementary and middle students.

DCSD improved in the majority of test areas. In ELA, math and science, all grades saw a rise in the “met or exceeded expectations category” from the 2016-17 school year. The district saw slight drops in third-, fourth- and sixth-grade math by less than 1 percentage point. High school science saw a 0.8 percentage point drop.

The district outscored the state and some neighboring districts on the PSAT and SAT, which are used for scholarship and college entry applications. DCSD’s average score on the SAT was 1088, compared to the state at 1014.

Cherry Creek School District’s average score was 1082 and Jefferson County Public Schools’ was 1056. Littleton Public Schools outperformed DCSD with an average score of 1110.

In a media release, Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker commended the district for its accomplishments but highlighted the need for continuous improvement.

“I want to thank the students, educators and families for their commitment to education,” Tucker said in a media release. “These results are something to be proud of and we have much to celebrate in Douglas County. However, we must continue to strive for even more.”

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