Cherry Creek School District Tops Statewide Test Scores

Cherry Creek School District’s 2022 standardized test scores topped statewide performance, but didn’t escape the troubling trend of test scores falling below 2019 numbers.

State officials celebrated that student outcomes were doing better in most cases than they did in 2021, the Colorado Department of Education said in a news release.

“But we continue to rise to the challenge of bringing children back fully to the levels they were before the disruptions of the pandemic as well as closing historic gaps in opportunity and achievement,” said Katy Anthes, Commissioner for Colorado Education, in the press release. She added: “With the support of COVID relief funds to address lost learning opportunities, I am confident we will continue our rebound.”

Statewide, in all classes that took the Colorado Measures of Academic Success test, 43% of students met or exceeded English language expectations. This represents a decrease of approximately 3 percentage points compared to 2019.

For math, in all the years that took the test, 32% met or exceeded expectations, down 3 percentage points from 2019.

In Cherry Creek School District, in all years that took the test, 49% of students met or exceeded English language expectations, a decrease of about 1 percentage point from 2019.

In math, of all the classes that took the test at Cherry Creek, 40% met or exceeded expectations. This represents a decrease of around 3 percentage points compared to 2019.

The Colorado Measures of Academic Achievement is the state’s standardized test of student progress at the end of the school year. Students in grades three through eight take the CMAS tests in math and English.

Cherry Creek generally outperformed several other school districts in the Denver metro area, but was not ahead of the pack. For comparison, some other metropolitan neighborhoods in Denver performed as follows:

• In Littleton Public Schools, 62% met or exceeded expectations in English and 48% in math;

• In Jeffco public schools, 50% met or exceeded expectations in English and 37% in math;

• In Denver Public Schools, 39% met or exceeded expectations in English and 29% in math;

• And in Aurora Public Schools, 24% met or exceeded expectations in English and 14% in math.

“As Cherry Creek schools have continued to outperform national and national averages, we review these results and know that we must continue to focus on the academic and socio-emotional needs of students as we move out of the pandemic,” said Abbot Smith, spokesperson for Cherry Creek Neighborhood.

The state Department of Education pointed out that students may have experienced continued learning disruptions during the 2021-22 school year as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

“As schools have continued to transition to increased normalcy throughout the 2021-2022 school year, the continued impact of the pandemic on the learning experiences of some students must be considered when considering interpretation of spring 2022 results,” the department said in the press release.

Along with the CMAS scores, the state also released the SAT scores in mid-August. Statewide on the SAT, 58% met or exceeded expectations on the reading and writing section, down 1 percentage point from 2019.

In the math section, 35% met or exceeded expectations, a decrease of 4 percentage points from 2019.

In Cherry Creek District, 68% met or exceeded expectations in reading and writing, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 2019. In math, 46% met or exceeded expectations, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 2019. decrease of 7 percentage points compared to 2019.

In Colorado, 11th graders attending public schools took the SAT, according to the state’s Department of Education website.

Student participation in state assessments varies by school, grade level, and student group, depending on the department.

The Cherry Creek District had “significantly lower participation” in the 2022 CMAS tests, according to Smith.

“We are looking at possible reasons for this drop in attendance,” Smith said. “The low turnout also means that care should be taken in interpreting these results. We will be analyzing our CMAS results alongside our internal assessments, such as Fastbridge, which take place throughout the year to measuring the quality of student learning. These ongoing measurements help our educators meet student needs in a timely manner.”

To see all results and turnouts, including district-level and school-level, visit tinyurl.com/ColoradoTestResults2022.

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