TCAP results continue to outpace state
Today, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released TCAP scores for all Colorado school districts. DCSD scores once again rank among the highest in the state and outpaced the state average in all grades and all content areas. DCSD scored more than 11 percentage points above the state average.
The release of TCAP scores are one more piece of good news for Douglas County schools. Earlier this week, Movoto Real Estate ranked Douglas County second on the new list of the "10 Best Counties in America" stating: "... the highest high school graduation rate make(s) Douglas County the second best in the nation."
"We are pleased to see consistently high achievement and strong academic growth on TCAP and many other measures," said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen. "Providing a world-class education for all students is our goal and TCAP scores are one data point. However, we know that a quality body of evidence is the best picture of how our students are doing on the outcomes we value most - we are committed to measuring what matters most using the best strategies for our students."
For example, Highlands Ranch and Ponderosa high schools recently participated in the PISA assessment, an international test that assesses not only what students know, but also how well they are able to reflect on and apply their knowledge to real-life situations. The test specifically focuses on math literacy, science literacy and reading literacy. When compared to the 34 participating countries, DCSD students performed extremely well, with average scores higher than most other countries. View PISA results here
This is the last year Colorado students will take the TCAP test, as TCAP will be replaced by the PARCC assessment.