TCAP scores reveal steady performance across state

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DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Education released results from the 2013 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) on Wednesday, which revealed narrowing of the minority achievement gap, and steady improvement for students scoring both proficient and advanced in all areas of testing.

Remaining relatively steady, improvement increased slightly in reading with a 0.2 percent increase for students scoring proficient or higher in all grades.

Math scores revealed a 0.9 percent increase in students scoring proficient or higher for all grade levels, while science showed the most improvement with a 1.5 percent increase.

Test results also revealed that more Hispanic students are reaching proficient levels on their state exams. According to the Department of Education, Hispanic subgroups have improved at a higher rate than white subgroup gains in all content areas since 2008.

The gap between Hispanic and white children testing in reading shrunk from 32.3 percent in 2008, to 27.2 percent in 2013. The science gap between Hispanic and white children shrunk from 38.3 percent in 2008, to 34.3 percent in 2013.

For the 2013 school year, there were 1,683,018 TCAP tests administered to about 499,800 students statewide.

Denver Public Schools posted gains all four areas of testing, and had the highest rate of academic growth among Colorado's 12 largest districts for the second year in a row.

According to test results, DPS students improved the most in math and science with a 3 percent increase, marking the 10th consecutive year that overall DPS math scores have increased. The district also reported a 1 percent increase in writing scores.

To review TCAP performance results for all Colorado schools, click here.