As a follow up to our Dec-Jan newsletter and our appeal to Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to raise our school performance rating on last year’s state testing results, the outcome was disappointing. Let me reiterate that our scores were far below the bar because we did not meet the 95% participation rate of our 9th and 11th grade students testing. CDE declined to accept our stellar ACT and PSAT scores when re-evaluating our school performance rating. Lesson learned. Let’s move forward!
All students should have access to a world-class education that will prepare them for a world yet to be imagined. New state standards set consistent expectations in English language arts and mathematics for every student.
Assessments are an integral part of instruction. Colorado Springs School District 11 has found that the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) provide a valid and reliable evaluation to accurately measure how a student will succeed in college and their chosen career after high school.
PARCC tests align to the standards and assessment criteria set forth by Colorado Department of Education and those skills that matter most to Coronado students. These tests measure not only academic rigor, but complex thinking and other critical skills students need to be successful in life. The resulting summative assessments give teachers and administration useful information with less testing, freeing up classroom time and supporting teachers in finding out what areas individual students need to help them succeed.
PARCC and CMAS are relevant
PARCC and CMAS are meaningful
CSSD11 and Coronado believe in these tests
We have developed a testing schedule so classroom time missed is minimal and the school day will run with identical start, lunch, and end times as a normal day.
We hope you support our students in doing their best work on these tests and preparing for their future, wherever it takes them.
I welcome your comments or suggestions to keep Coronado at the forefront of your child’s education.
Darin K. Smith