Newly released Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) PARCC assessments show Denver Public Schools (DPS) students are making significant growth in English language arts and math. DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg gave an overview of 2016 assessment ratings across the district on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Valdez Elementarylocated in a Northwest Denver. Valdez saw academic gains in both language arts and math from 2014-15 to 2015-16.
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The data received from the CMAS PARCC assessments is a central component of a school’s overall rating. The scores provide parents and schools valuable information on student academic progress from year-to-year.
DPS students again outpaced their peers statewide in academic growth in English language arts and math, with the exception of one grade. This continues the trend DPS has seen over the past 10 years. The result is that DPS students, who once lagged the state in English and math by 25 percentage points, are now within three and four points.
“While we saw good news across the board, our kids particularly shone in English language arts this year. DPS students exceeded the state median growth percentile of 50 by six points in English language arts,” said Superintendent Boasberg. “Our ninth-graders led the way with a median growth percentile of 59.”
While the district saw some closing of opportunity gaps, DPS leaders acknowledge the gaps are still far too large. As an example, African-American and Latino students are outperforming the state averages in English language arts, but white students are moving even faster. The gaps are not resulting from African-American and Latino kids falling behind, these students are gaining, but they are not gaining as fast as their white peers.
“We are dedicated to closing our opportunity gaps,” said Superintendent Boasberg. “Because we know, the earlier our kids are meeting or exceeding grade-level expectations, the more likely they will be prepared for life after DPS.
Thank you to our educators who work tirelessly to make sure our students are prepared to pursue bright futures when they graduate and thank you to our students, who motivate us to work hard to ensure they are receiving the best education possible,” Boasberg added.