The comparison presented in this article is not fair. It only compares last year's CSAP results. Our reading/writing scores were not very good last year due to some staff turnover in our Language Arts department. Moreover, we tried a new approach which obviously did not work. This is all fixed this year and we are using state-of-the art intervention programs such as Reading Plus (www.readingplus.com) in order to help our struggling readers.
New School Performance Framework Scores are posted in CDEs website. These reports combine last 3 years of data, are therefore more reliable and fair to compare.
In this document, our middle and high school ratings were combined so I am using an interim report we received from CDE that breaks down our middle and high school portion.
In the middle school, there are three areas;
25% of the scoring comes from raw achievement which means how many students are proficient and advanced in each subject area. This portion really depends on the incoming level of students into our 6th grade. Since APS students are very low-achieving to start with our achievement scores are low at this point. However, achieving higher growth means that these students will catch up to the state level shortly as they are learning more.
50% of the scoring comes from growth (CO growth model)
25% of the scoring comes from closing the achievement gap (also referred to as growth caps). This portion is defined as having more growth in minority students compared to white students, more growth in Free-reduced lunch (FRL) eligible students compared to non-FRL students, more growth in ESL (English Language Learners) compared to native speakers and more growth in IEP (Special Ed) students compared to general education students.
The second and third criteria are critical. Second criterion refers how well students are growing and the third one refers how successful school is in closing the achievement gap.
For high schools, there is a fourth criterion 'Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness' which is measured by CO-ACT. Since Lotus did not have any 11th graders last year, this score was not calculated. The overall percentages are 15% Achievement, 35% Growth, 15% Growth Caps, and 35% Workforce Readiness. Skyline high school can still be compared to Lotus (in the first 3 criterion) as we are running the same program in the high school. Below a fair comparison table is presented.
As you can see, Lotus is the highest overall scoring school amongst all neighborhood middle schools used in the article. Its growth is very high and it is the most successful school in closing the achievement gap amongst all.
School Data Window Final Plan Type TOTAL SPF
Lotus Middle 3-year Performance 65.3%
Trail Ridge 3-year Performance 60.0%
Longs Peak 3-year Improvement 53.5%
Heritage 3-year Priority Improvement 44.9%
Lotus High 1-year Performance 73.8%
Skyline High 3-year Improvement 58.7%
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