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2014 Jeffco Schools TCAP scores stay strong

Jeffco Schools students 2014 TCAP largely remained steady, with slight gains in some areas.
Jeffco Schools students 2014 TCAP largely remained steady, with slight gains in some areas.
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Jeffco Schools TCAP results remained ahead of the state average in 2014, with some small increases or decreases scattered throughout the results. The district’s performance reflected trends seen across the state, though Jeffco Schools students continue to score above the state average on every test, at every grade level.

Jeffco eighth and ninth graders gained ground on the math TCAP, with 61.68 percent of eighth graders testing proficient or advanced. In 2013, that number was 59.08 percent. More Jeffco ninth graders tested as proficient or advanced in 2014, at 49.56 percent. That number was 46.46 percent in 2013.

The number of Jeffco third graders who tested as proficient or advanced in math also increased from 73.73 percent in 2013 to 75.46 in 2014. Statewide, that number dropped among third graders to an average of 71.59.

Similar trends were seen on the reading TCAP, with scores slightly increasing in three of the eight grades tested and slightly decreasing in the others. Jeffco fifth graders posted the largest gain with 79.37 testing as proficient and advanced, in comparison to 2013’s 77.72 percent.

Jeffco’s overall TCAP median growth percentile in reading also rose by 1 percentile from last year, to 52 percent. Writing scores in Jeffco also largely held steady, with slight increases in third, fifth, and eighth grades and slight declines in the other grades.

Jeffco Chief Academic Officer Syna Morgan also noted that Jeffco’s ACT scores also saw a slightly increase this year, “by raising the score from 21.2 percent in 2013 to 21.5 percent in 2014.”

Neighboring school districts saw similar trends in their TCAP scores. The Douglas County School District TCAP reading scores dropped slightly in most grades, with only with small increases in only two of the eight grade levels tested. The Cherry Creek School District also saw small increases and decreases split evenly among the eight grade levels tested.

Jeffco’s third grade TCAP reading scores are higher than those posted by Cherry Creek this year, with 78.76 percent of Jeffco third graders testing as proficient or advanced, in contrast with 76.7 percent in Cherry Creek. Douglas County had slightly higher third grade TCAP scores, with 79.07 percent testing as proficient or advanced. Jeffco’s score was notably higher than the state average at 71.58 percent.

TCAP writing scores in Douglas County dropped in every grade in 2014. Cherry Creek’s writing scores largely held steady, with only slight gains in four grades.

On the math TCAP, Douglas County saw only slight gains in seventh and ninth grades, with all the other grades showing slight declines in the number of students testing proficient or advanced. This was also the case in Cherry Creek, where seventh and ninth grades showed slight gains and the other grades declined. Cherry Creek’s tenth grade score also showed a slight improvement with 42.36 percent of students testing as proficient or advanced in 2014 vs. 42.33 percent in 2013.

Full results of the 2014 TCAP scores and those of previous years can be accessed through the Colorado Department of Education website.

This was the last year of the TCAP. In 2015, the state will test Colorado students on English language arts and math with the new computer-based Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers tests, commonly known as PARCC. New assessments for science and social studies were also piloted in 2014 and are expected to be fully implemented this school academic year.