BV, AACL score in 90s on grade 3 reading TCAPs

       Both Buena Vista Elementary and the Acad-emy for Advanced & Creative Learning charter school scored above 90 percent proficient or advanced in third-grade reading this spring as part of the annual Transitional Colorado As-sessment Program (TCAP) testing.
       In fact, Buena Vista's 93.5 percent was the second highest in all of District 11, topped only by Columbia's 95.1.
       The Academy ACL score of 91.2 was fifth overall in the district.
       The two Westside schools are similar in that neither has an attendance area. Buena Vista, a K-5 that's the only public Montessori in the region, and Academy ACL, a K-8 that's geared for gifted students, are both choice-only.
       Behind them on the Westside were the following elementaries: Bristol, 77.1 percent; Jackson, 74.5; Howbert, 72.9; Midland 72; and West, 59.3.
       The Westside third-grade reading scores last year were Buena Vista, 87.5 percent; Howbert, 85.2; Academy ACL, 83.3; Jackson, 71.8; Bristol, 71.4; Midland, 68.6; and West, 49.1.
       The third-grade reading tests occurred earlier in the spring than the other TCAP tests, which were taken by grades 3-10 in reading as well as writing and math (and science in the higher grade levels). The rest of the scores will be announced in August.
       In TCAP, “proficient” scores reflect students who are at the desired comprehension level for their grade level; “advanced” is above that. Other possible scores are “partly proficient” and “unsatisfactory.”
       In a somewhat unusual statistic, BV's high level came from 29 third-graders scoring proficient on the test, with none advanced and one partly proficient. Academy ACL had 26 proficient, 5 advanced, 2 “partly” and 1 “unsat.”
       The District 11 overall third-grade reading average was 72.2 percent, while the state's was 73.3.

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