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News Release - Student Achievement Results Show Growth in All Subject Areas

August 15, 2013

News Release

Student achievement results show growth in all subject areas

State board with Commission on Higher Education adopt PWR high school diploma endorsement criteria

The Colorado State Board of Education met for its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 14 & 15. Highlights from the meeting include:

Student Achievement Results

The board was presented summary findings of the 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) and Colorado Growth Model results for 2013.

      • Overall students are making gains based on the percentage of students scoring proficient and advanced.
      • Science scores showed the largest gain since 2008 with an increase of 4.6 percentage points.
      • Writing showed the smallest gain since 2008 with an increase of 1.7 percentage points.
      • There is a slight narrowing of the achievement gap for key subgroups, but gaps still persist.
      • For students scoring proficient and advanced since 2008, Hispanic gains are at a higher rate than white students in all content areas. Black students are making a higher rate of gains than white students in writing and science. English language learners are making gains in reading, writing and science compared to non-ELLs.
      • A larger percentage of students who were already proficient made enough growth to stay proficient in 2013 compared to 2012.
      • Growth needs to be accelerated for non-proficient students.

For the full results, visit the TCAP Data and Results page or the Colorado Growth Model site

Joint Meeting with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education

The State Board of Education and Colorado Commission on Higher Education adopted the Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Endorsed Diploma criteria. An endorsed diploma is an option that districts can create to signify a student has completed additional demonstrations, beyond those required for high school graduation, to demonstrate their readiness for college and career. Students earning Colorado’s Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) endorsed diploma must show that they are ready for college without the need for remediation or additional coursework and that they have mastered academic content in three subject areas. They also are required to complete an ICAP (individualized career and academic plan) and to demonstrate 21st century skills such as collaboration through participation in extracurricular activities, internships or work. 

Student Recognitions

The board recognized Erika Davidoff (Heritage High School, Littleton Public Schools) and Sara Volz (Cheyenne Mountain High School, Cheyenne Mountain School District) as Colorado's 2013 representatives at the National Youth Science Camp.  The camp is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two students from each state and others from selected countries around the world. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates.

Volz was also awarded the top award of $100,000 at the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of Society for Science & the Public, for her work investigating increasing the oil content of algae to create an economically viable source of biofuel.

The board recognized the following student artists that placed in the congressional art competition for their outstanding work:

      • Mr. Fernando Villanueva, 1st Congressional District
      • Ms. Clarissa Schaffer, 2nd Congressional District
      • Mr. Damian Carson, 3rd Congressional District 
      • Ms. Kylie Bernard, 4th Congressional District 
      • Ms. Nicole Thomsen, 5th Congressional District
      • Ms. Ariea Xu, 6th Congressional District
      • Ms. Jayne Thielke, 7th Congressional District

The student artwork will be installed in the State Board Room through June 2014. 

Rulemaking Hearings

The state board approved a notice of rulemaking for the rules for the evaluation of licensed specialized service professionals. Statute requires the state board to promulgate rules concerning performance standards for each category of licensed personnel evaluated under the Licensed Personnel Evaluations Act and criteria to be applied in the evaluations. 

Other Action

State Board Vice-Chairman Marcia Neal updated the board on the National Children’s Land Alliance Supporting Schools Conference. View the Report.

Staff provided the board with an update on the Licensing Educators for Academic Development (LEAD) Compact, a working group to provide recommendations for legislation designed to integrate and align educator standards, preparation, licensure, professional development and evaluation. To learn more, click here.


The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its next meeting in September at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

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