Denver shows improvement in standardized test results

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DENVER -- Standardized test results are in for Colorado public school students and the so-called T-CAP finished a three-year run in the state flat.

Statewide scores on the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program dropped less than one percentage point from last year. Results were down slightly in almost all subjects.

Test scores statewide also show the disturbing achievement gap among certain ethnic groups continues.

It's something Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasburg has made a priority to close.

" We ask parents talk to your kids, encourage your kids, read to your kids, find out what they're doing, challenge your kids, set high expectations for them, encourage them," he says. One of the main keys is to get parents more involved in their kids' schools and educations.

"And they can encourage others and parents to say, 'OK we need your help here,' and they can start bringing in parents and everyone so parent involvement is imperative," says Hamilton Middle School student Himanvi Kopur.

It's something that helped turn Hamilton from a seriously low-achieving school to a school of excellence winner in a time-frame of about 18 months.

"I've taught at other schools where I haven't seen as much parent support and I think it really makes a huge difference," says Hamilton teacher Kelli Lesh.

Denver's results were among the best of the state's largest school districts in almost all grades and subjects.

The state begins usingĀ a new set of statewide assessments in the spring that are aligned with Common Core, a national effort to establish more rigorous standards for what students should know.