2019 CMAS Results

Garfield Re-2 pleased with steady progress in achievement and growth scores
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Results from the 2019 statewide assessments recently released by the Colorado Department of Education show the hard work of Garfield Re-2 teachers, staff and students and are the point of many celebrations. 

“We have been making steady progress in raising the bar of student achievement in Garfield Re-2 School District. Through a comprehensive approach, we are accomplishing that mission,” Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Brent Curtice. “We certainly are not where we would like to be, but we continue to improve both in CMAS scores  and in student growth.”

Testing results The CMAS assessments included the following: 

  • English language arts (3rd-8th grades) 
  • Math (3rd-8th grades) 
  • Science (5th, 8th,11th grades) 
  • Social studies (4th and 7th grades)
  • PSAT 9 for freshman
  • PSAT10 for sophomores
  • SAT for juniors

 Overall, in math and English Language Arts, the number of Garfield Re-2 students who met or exceeded expectations was higher than last year. Combined, Garfield Re-2 students improved by six (6) percentage points in English Language Arts from 30% to 36%. In math, overall, Garfield Re-2 students improved slightly from 21% to 22%. State averages were 46% and 35% respectively.

 Grade level scores are important and provide insight for teachers and principals into instructional gaps, or learning gaps that may be occurring in a specific grade level, class or standard. The focus of the Garfield Re-2 School District, however, is the state growth data. This data compares assessment data for students that had data for both 2018 and 2019. For the 2018-19 school year, four (4) out of five (5) grade levels in math showed growth above the state median and in some cases were close to the high growth range. Growth in English Language Arts over the last three years has increased an average of 11 points per grade level with fifth grade seeing a 30 point increase in student growth this year.

 “Our growth scores indicate our comprehensive approach to instruction is getting students and teachers what they need to be successful,” said Curtice. 

Superintendent Curtice referenced the combination of focused attention to the standards in the classroom, a methodical, data-driven approach to instruction, time for teachers to plan collaboratively and intentionally, and resources in math and English Language Arts that are anchored around the Colorado Academic Standards for the improvements. 

Last year, Garfield Re-2 implemented a new English Language Arts resource K - 5 due in large part to the noticeable gaps between the former resource materials and the state standards. 

“We applied the same intense focus to English Language Arts as we have been with math. Our teachers worked diligently to immerse themselves in these new tools, to know what their students need, to meet them where they are and give them the resources to really grow as students and as people,” he explained. “This year’s results indicate we are driving the needle from a good school district to a great one. However, we must continue to strive for even more.” 

Of particular note is the academic growth of the District’s subgroups including English Language Learners, low socio-economic students, and gifted students. 

Social studies is only given to a sample group of schools in each district. Results from the PSAT (9th and 10th grades) and SAT (11th grade) were also released.  Ninth graders took PSAT 9 for the second time, and Garfield Re-2 scored an average of 878, a 15 point increase over last year. The state average was 905. Tenth graders took the PSAT 10 for the fourth time and increased 22 points since last year. Garfield Re-2's average score was 903, and Colorado’s average score was a 937. Eleventh graders took the SAT for the third time, and scored a 953, which is 9 point decline from last year. Colorado’s average was a 1000. Growth data has not been released for PSAT and SAT.

Overall, participation rates were generally strong and ranged between 86% participation to 100% participation. Several schools showed impressive growth. Riverside Middle School, in‌ ‌particular, showed growth in the 61st percentile in math and 60th percentile in English Language Arts - well above the state average. Wamsley Elementary and Elk Creek Elementary students performed above the state median in growth in English Language Arts.

Garfield Re-2 looks forward to the release of the School Performance Frameworks in the coming weeks where many different factors that assess the work of our students and our staff come together to create a more comprehensive picture of the work we do daily.

For more information about Colorado’s State assessments, go to http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/resourcesforparents.

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