Pike’s CSAP scores make it top Title 1 school in state

       Pike Elementary School has been awarded the Title I Distinguished School Exceptional Student Performance Award for Colorado. Part of the front facade of Pike Elementary, one of the smallest schools in District 11, is shown.
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       Of all the state's schools designated with Title 1 status - essentially those with higher numbers of students from poor families - Pike had the highest percentage of students who scored above unsatisfactory in Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) testing this year, according to a press release from the Title I Distinguished School Program, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of State Title I Directors.
       Located at 2510 N. Chestnut St., Pike has about 130 students. The principal is Manuel Ramsey, who is in his sixth year.
       "Our staff is very excited," Ramsey said. He outlined what he calls a "three-system approach" that has proven effective at his school: "Excellent classroom teaching, effective schoolwide systems to support instruction and high parent engagement. Those are things we work on and are constantly trying to improve."
       In Pike's CSAP tests, 98.62 percent of its students (actually all but two of them, according to Ramsey) scored partly proficient, proficient or advanced in reading and 100 percent in math. Partly proficient means having some understanding of the material.
       The school will receive $10,000, a banner proclaiming the award, a glass plaque and a trip for two to the National Title I conference in February 2009, the release states. There will be a formal presentation of the award, but a date has not yet been announced.
       The school is also eligible for nomination for the National Title I Distinguished School Award, the press release states.
       How many schools Pike was up against statewide was not immediately known. Title 1 students are so-called if their parents' income is low enough to qualify them for free or reduced lunches. According to District 11 officials, schools in Colorado with as low as 35 percent Title 1 students could qualify for a Title 1 designation, but most school districts can't afford the related expense. In District 11, the cut-off this year is 68 percent, resulting in a total of 19 Title 1 schools within the district. The law requires that any school with more than 75 percent Title 1 students be so designated.
       Pike had 73 percent Title 1 students during the CSAP testing last spring.

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