Approximately 26% of Cherry Creek School District students scored at the Distinguished or Strong Command level in social studies and approximately 42% of students scored at the Distinguished or Strong Command level in science on the new Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in social studies and science.
The tests based on the Colorado Academic Standards were given for the first time last spring and reflect a greater level of rigor to prepare students to meet college and career standards. The new test also introduced a new way of taking standardized tests, online using computers. Students, beginning in the third grade, must have some proficiency using keyboards, word processing and other computer skills.
In addition the tests introduce a new system of scoring students. Instead of Unsatisfactory, Partially Proficient, Proficient and Advanced, parents will receive reports showing whether students have Limited Command,
Moderate Command, Strong Command, or Distinguished Command of the subject.
The higher expectations of the new standards will establish a new baseline to which future test scores can be compared to determine the percentage of students who are meeting the college and career benchmark.
"These new expectations do not mean that our students know less than they did before or are less capable than they were in previous years," Assistant Superintendent of Performance Improvement Dr. Judy Skupa said. "Because the TCAP and CMAS tests are different, direct comparisons between the two are not possible."
The new assessments do mean that teachers and school leaders are able to identify at all grade levels the supports and interventions necessary to ensure that CCSD students are ready for a career and/or college coursework by the time they graduate.
"We are carefully reviewing this new data and will use it to help ensure that all students receive the support they need to be successful," Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull said.
For more information, please visit our Assessment Transition to CMAS webpage.
To view all results for districts and schools statewide, please visit the Colorado Department of Education website.