With the August release of Colorado Measurement of Academic Success scores, or CMAS — a standardized math, English and science test for third through eighth graders, and a science test for 11th …
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With the August release of Colorado Measurement of Academic Success scores, or CMAS — a standardized math, English and science test for third through eighth graders, and a science test for 11th graders — Jeffco Public Schools finds itself sitting right in the middle when compared to surrounding districts.
The test showed 51.7% of Jeffco students met or exceeded standards in English, 39.8% met or exceeded standards in math and 37.3% met or exceeded standards in science, according to the Colorado Department of Education website.
This put the district slightly above state scores for all three tests, with 45.8% of Colorado students passing English, 34.7% passing math and 30.7% passing science.
On the English test, Jeffco boasted a higher percentage of passing students than surrounding districts Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek Public Schools did.
Jeffco had a lower percentage than Douglas County School District and Littleton Public Schools.
On the math and science tests, the district weighed in above Adams County and Denver County, but had a lower percentage than Cherry Creek, Douglas County and Littleton.
The district's scores varied slightly from its 2018 scores. In English, Jeffco saw a 0.1% increase in the number of passing students as compared to the previous year.
For math, that number was a 1.3% decrease, with 73 schools seeing a smaller percentage of students pass the test than passed last year.
For science, those numbers were a 1.8% decrease across 72 schools.
In all three subjects, Dennison Elementary in Lakewood boasted the highest percentage of passing students for the entire district, with 87% passing English, 85.9% passing math and 91% passing science.
Kullerstrand Elementary, Stott Elementary, Adams Elementary, Kendallvue Elementary, Peak Expeditionary and Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen all saw the highest rates of improvement, with more than 15% increase in at least one subject.
Jeffco school's Chief Academic Officer Matt Flores highlighted additional groups that surpassed state averages, including English as a Second Language (ESL) students and special education students.
He suggested one reason for the success was the support systems Jeffco has put in place, including how the district works to assist special education students in studying alongside their peers, in the same classroom, as opposed to in a separate classroom.
In addition to the above groups, fourth graders saw improvement across the board in Jeffco, in part because the district chose to focus on improving achievement in the fourth grade as one goal for the 2018-2019 school year. From 2017 to 2018, Jeffco had seen a decrease in the number of fourth grade students who passed CMAS, which was one reason for the heightened focus.
"We are going to continue to increase our supports for teacher planning, and ensure we have a balance between student opportunities for application, and tests and quizzes," Flores said.
For parents and those who want to know more about the district or a specific student's performance, it's important to consider a CMAS score as "one data point of hundreds," he said. "The best way to learn about a student's academic progress is to have conversations with a teacher or principal."
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