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Jeffco students’ TCAP scores improve

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By Daniel Laverty

Jeffco Public Schools continue to outperform the state in reading, math and science based on last year’s TCAP scores, which were released by the Colorado Department of Education last Thursday.

“In math, we saw great gains with our Jeffco eighth- and ninth-graders, who gained three to four points in proficiency last year,” Jeffco chief academic officer Syna Morgan said in a news release. “Jeffco continued to outpace the state on the Colorado ACT scores … from 21.2 in 2013 to 21.5 in 2014.”

Locally, 82 percent Conifer High School sophomores are reading at a proficient or advanced level, compared to 73 percent of sophomores at the district level. Fifty-six percent of CHS sophomores are proficient or advanced in math, compared to 41 percent of Jeffco sophomores.

As a state, 33 percent of Colorado’s sophomores are proficient or advanced in math, and 68 percent are proficient or advanced in reading.

At Elk Creek Elementary, 98 percent of third-graders are proficient or advanced in reading.

“Certainly this is a reflection of the high-quality instruction in third grade, but it’s also a testament to the work of students, families and teachers for the prior three years (kindergarten through second grade),” said Ryan Lucas, principal at Elk Creek Elementary.

TCAP, which stands for Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, measures Colorado’s third- through 10th-graders in reading, science and math, and also tracks a student’s growth through the years.