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Press Release: The Roaring Fork Schools receives CMAS PARCC data showing district-wide growth

In April 2016, all Roaring Fork students in 3rd through 9th grades took the the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments. This was the second year that Colorado and Roaring Fork students participated in the assessment. On September 20, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released the academic growth summary for this assessment. The growth summary provides information about how much students grew since taking the assessment in 2015 relative to their like academic peers, as well as the median growth rates of schools and districts compared to the state.

The growth summary is the second round of CMAS PARCC data released by CDE. The performance data was released on September 1. Performance levels provide a snapshot of how students, schools, and the district are doing compared to grade-level expectations on the more rigorous state standards in ELA and mathematics. Performance levels, however, fail to capture the year-to-year gains student made compared to their peers. Focusing on growth allows the district to see where students are making gains and then adjust instruction to ultimately help students reach grade-level appropriate performance levels.

What the data shows for Roaring Fork Schools

In mathematics, there were promising gains in the performance levels of Roaring Fork students in the higher grade levels. Across nearly all grades, Roaring Fork students outperformed the state in growth. In particular, the district’s middle and high school students demonstrated consistent growth in mathematics. Further, the district saw pockets of exceptional growth at the school level at Crystal River Elementary, Carbondale Middle School, Basalt Middle School, Glenwood Springs High School, Roaring Fork High School, and Basalt High School.

The ELA results were equally positive. As a district, Roaring Fork Schools outperformed Colorado on the percentage of 7th and 8th grade students who met or exceeded grade-level expectations. Roaring Fork Schools’ median growth percentile was 56 percent compared to  Colorado’s 50 percent. In reviewing the district’s school-level ELA growth results, middle school growth stands out as remarkable at all three area middle schools: Glenwood Springs Middle School, Carbondale Middle School, and Basalt Middle School.

One particularly positive story of growth played out at Crystal River Elementary School (CRES)–a school previously on improvement watch. This year, CRES outperformed the district and state in nearly every student subgroup in ELA and mathematics growth. CRES building leaders attribute their improved performance to weekly meetings devoted to analyzing student work samples and making real-time instructional adjustments and a commitment to high-quality instruction in conjunction with EngageNY math curriculum.  

Overall, Roaring Fork Schools leadership is excited about the gains shown through the growth results and hopes to continue this progress to increase the number of students that are meeting and exceeding grade-level expectations in the coming year. District leadership knows there is still work to do to prepare students for postsecondary success, yet the district’s growth results indicate that Roaring Fork Schools is on the right track.

Because only students in select (5th, 8th, and 11th) grades took the science assessment, growth data, which compares individual student growth from year-to-year, is unavailable.  

Please contact Kelsy Been, RFSD Public Information Officer, for more information.

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