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Friday Churn: CSAPs and ACTs

What’s churning:

How well a student does on ninth- and 10th-grade CSAP tests is a strong predictor of results on the 11th grade Colorado ACT, according to a new study by the Department of Education’s Office of Research and Evaluation.

The study also claims that CSAP scores are a better indicator of future results on ACT in reading, mathematics and science than the two tests developed by ACT itself. In testing English, however, the ACT assessments correlate more highly with performance on the 11th grade ACT college entrance test.

All Colorado students take CSAP tests in grades 3-10 and then take the ACT in the junior year of high school.

You can read the full study here.

Meanwhile, as the Nate Easley recall saga continues, Melanie Asmar at Westword writes about a fake blog purportedly created by the Denver school board president.

What’s on tap:

The University of Northern Colorado trustees meet starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Panorama Room in the university center on campus.

The State Council for Educator Effectiveness holds a second day of meetings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday at the Holiday Inn Select Cherry Creek, 455 South Colorado Blvd.

Jefferson County school district leaders will announce nearly $40 million in budget cuts at a 10 a.m. news conference today at district headquarters, 1829 Denver West Drive, Golden.

Good reads from elsewhere:

Focus on bullying: President Obama hosts a White House summit to spur antibullying efforts in schools. New York Times.

Last in, first out: Michelle Rhee’s column on why she believes seniority as the basis for layoffs is bad for kids. Wall Street Journal. (Sign-in required.)

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