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News Release - State Board agrees to release district- and school-level science test data

April 14, 2016

State Board agrees to release district- and school-level science test data

The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting on April 13 and 14. Meeting highlights include:

Board extends cut scores for CMAS science tests through 2017

The Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the adoption of the 2015 cut scores for the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in science currently being taken by 11th-grade students. An amendment that also was unanimously approved will allow the Colorado Department of Education to disclose aggregate school-level and district-level data. This reverses a board decision from last year that allowed only the release of individual score reports for students on the science tests.

Waiver request by Lewis-Palmer School District denied

The board denied a waiver request by Lewis-Palmer School District No. 38 that sought to measure kindergarten school readiness through a locally developed process instead of using an assessment approved by the State Board of Education. The board said the district did not adequately post meeting notices before making the decision to seek the waiver. The district is allowed to return with the waiver request after revisiting the decision with its constituents.

Board initially approves school and district performance targets for 2017

The board gave initial approval to a norm-referenced system of setting school and district performance targets for next year. Under this methodology, schools and districts will be assigned a performance rating based on their percentile ranking on state assessments. Similar to past years, the four ratings range from “does not meet expectations” for the bottom 15 percent of schools to “exceeding expectations” for the top 15 percent. The department will provide informational reports to districts this spring based on these performance targets and collect feedback before official ratings are assigned in fall 2016. View more information about the performance targets and sample reports for schools and districts (PDF).

In other action, the board approved the following items:

  • A designation request for Pikes Peak Early College for El Paso County School District 49.
  • A request from the Colorado Talking Book Library for expenditure from the Mary Jones Trust Fund.
  • The notice of rulemaking hearing to accept the rules for operation of school transportation vehicles and the rules around the annual inspection and preventative maintenance of school transportation vehicles.
  • The recommended Colorado student re-engagement grant recipients.

The board recognized United States Senate Youth Program participants, DeAnna Christensen, senior at William Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and Se Young Cheong, a senior at D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School in Jefferson County.