OURAY SCHOOL: TCAP scores show continued excellence, room for growth

By Sheridan Block

Teachers and staff at Ouray School will adjust their goals and focuses for student success after receiving results from last year's state standardized test.

Last week, the Colorado Department of Education released scores for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), which is administered to students in third through 10th grade each year. Subject areas included math, reading and writing.
While Ouray students maintained higher scores and levels of growth compared to other schools statewide, superintendent Scott Pankow noted there is still room for improvement.
Ouray Elementary students averaged 88 percent proficient or advanced in math, 94 percent in reading and 78 percent in writing.
High school students averaged 65 percent proficient or advanced in math, 82 percent in reading and 76 percent in writing.
Middle school results were not released because each grade has fewer than 16 students. The state does not release scores for grade levels with fewer than 16 students in order to protect the students' identities.
Students scoring at a proficient or advanced level are considered to be performing at or above grade level.
"We did a really good job last year, especially with the growth data," said Pankow. "We had higher achieving growth in reading, math and writing. We met or exceeded adequate growth in all those areas."
Looking at growth data, students at each grade level were...

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