Pike swan song: 3rd graders district’s fourth best readers in recent CSAPs

       Pike Elementary may be closing after this school year, but not without leaving additional marks on student achievement.
       In the third-grade reading scores, which are traditionally released each year ahead of other Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test results, the little school at 2510 N. Chestnut St. recorded the fourth-highest tally in District 11.
       Having 92 percent of its third-graders (23 out of 25) test at proficient or advanced reading levels put Pike behind only Chipeta (97 percent), Steele (96) and Scott (93).
       When children score “proficient” on CSAPs, that indicates they understand the curriculum taught at their grade levels.
       “We're just happy that more kids are learning to read,” said Pike Principal Manuel Ramsey, who will move to Bristol Elementary next year to replace Steve Ferguson (who is retiring). “That matches with what our other test data was showing during the school year - that all but two kids would pass.” Individual efforts were made with both those students, he added, and one of them nearly made it to proficient, but not quite.
       Previously this year, Pike was honored by the Colorado Department of Education as the Highest Achieving Title 1 School in Colorado. Title 1 refers to a government program for low-income families; about 75 percent of Pike's students qualify.
       Just behind Pike among Westside schools in this spring's third-grade reading scores was Howbert at 90 percent, with Buena Vista at 88 and Washington at 77.
       Pike and Howbert have consistently recorded high third-grade CSAP reading scores in recent years, while Buena Vista and Washington showed notable improvement, rising from scores a year ago of 75 and 51, respectively.
       Other Westside schools' third-grade reading scores were Jackson (76), Whittier (71), Bristol (68) and Midland (59).
       The rest of the schools' CSAP scores, in reading and other subjects from 3rd through 10th grades, are expected to be released in late July.
       Pike, which opened in 1956, is among four Westside schools (and seven in District 11) that are scheduled for closure after this year. The action by the D-11 Board of Education was not based on achievement but on building utilization and a belief that larger elementaries with more than one classroom per grade level provide a more rounded education. The other three Westside schools that will close are Whittier, Washington and Buena Vista - although Buena Vista's Montessori program will relocate to the Washington building.

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