crunching the numbers
Find out how well your school and district did on the 2015 PARCC exam
PHOTO: Craig F. Walker, Denver Post
The Colorado Department of Education on Friday morning released district- and school-level results from the first round of PARCC tests students took in the spring.
The results from the new and more challenging English and math tests, as expected, were bleak. But state officials cautioned not to worry.
You can read our coverage of the release here.
Not sure what PARCC is or how the tests are different? Check out this explainer here.
State officials also released full and accurate PARCC participation figures for each district and school, which you can search below. The release was delayed a few hours after state officials say they discovered potential errors in the calculation of participation rates on some tests at more than 150 schools in 21 districts.
Editor’s note: Some rows in the performance database are blank. That’s due to a change in the way the Colorado Department of Education publicly released test score data this year.
In instances where there are fewer than three students in a category — such as the number of students who met or exceeded expectations or the number of students who didn’t — the department obscured the data.
As a result, those categories appear blank in our database.
The reason, state officials said, was to protect the privacy of individual students so that someone with knowledge of a particular school or group of kids wouldn’t be able to identify who the students in that category are.
District and school data
This year, Colorado has a lot more comprehensive data on students who took the SAT and PSAT tests in the spring of 2018.
Use Chalkbeat’s tool below to compare school results to each other or to statewide averages. This tool has results for every public school with ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-graders who took the SAT or PSAT test. It shows the mean score by grades, as well as a growth score.
The growth score is calculated by Colorado officials to show how much a student improved compared to the previous year, regardless of what their achievement was to begin with. Students with similar past achievement are grouped and ranked with a score from 1 to 99. A student with a growth score of 50 is considered to have made a year’s worth of academic progress in a year’s time, while a student with a lower score is considered to have made less than that.
Look back at 2017 results and our coverage here.
Colorado released the results of state tests that students took in the spring of 2018.
Use Chalkbeat’s tool below to compare school results to each other or to statewide averages. This tool has results for literacy and math tests taken by students in elementary and middle schools. Educators and students often refer to these tests as the PARCC tests, though the Colorado Department of Education calls them by their official name: the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, tests.
The provided results include achievement information that shows what percentage of students at a school met or exceeded state expectations, as well as a growth score. The growth number represents a Colorado datapoint that shows how much students improved from their achievement on last year’s tests when compared to students with similar previous achievement. A score of 50 is considered a year’s worth of progress.
Growth scores, and the test results overall, make up a large part of the state’s quality ratings of districts and schools. Those are expected to be released later this fall. Read our report on the 2018 PARCC test results here.
Look back at 2017 results and coverage here.
High school students no longer took the CMAS tests this year, and instead took the PSAT and SAT college-entrance exams. Search for high school test results here.