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Students at Denver’s Green Valley Elementary show great improvement

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It may only be day two of school, but Green Valley Elementary in far northeast Denver is already celebrating.

The school posted the highest gains in the Denver Public Schools district for TCAP, or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores from year-to-year, and top 10 in the state for math growth.  

“In our case we had autonomy to look at curricula and to select the curricula that we felt would best fit the needs of the children in our community in literacy and math,” says principal Keith Mills.

Educators also cite three other factors for the progress: parental involvement, longer school days and a longer school year.DENVER --