State test results show how many students are achieving proficiency on annual exams. But some kids start further behind than others. How can you tell whether students, wherever they start, are making progress? Use this database to see your school’s scores on the model Colorado uses to answer these questions.
The Colorado Growth Model uses four key indicators – based on an analysis of students’ testing history – to paint a picture of academic progress at each school and district:
Median Growth Percentile: This number shows how far students are progressing compared to their so-called “academic peers,” that is, other students who’ve posted similar results on test scores in the past. Typical growth for an individual student centers around the 50th percentile. Lower means slower growth, higher means better than average.
Adequate Growth Percentile: This measure estimates whether students’ progress last year will be enough for the school’s students to reach or maintain proficiency. With this indicator, lower is better. Lower numbers represent an easier task because less growth is required. A school with an AGP of 12 means that, on the whole, this school’s students have a strong test score history and, even if their growth or progress is low, they’re probably still on track to stay proficient. On the other hand, a school with an AGP of 95 probably has many students that have had low test scores and they need to make an extraordinary amount of growth to catch up in the time allotted.
“Catching up”: This measure is an indicator of how many students at a school are on their way toward proficiency, even though they aren’t there yet. Specifically, the “catching up” figure is the percentage of students who aren’t proficient now, but who are likely to reach proficiency in three years or by 10th grade.
“Keeping up”: Not all students who are now proficient in a subject will necessarily stay there in the coming years. This measure reports what percent of those a school’s students are likely to stay proficient over three years or through 10th grade. The state calculates that likelihood by looking at how much growth students made last year.
Find your district’s and schools full 2013 TCAP scores here, and check back later in the day for a full story with analysis of the results.
- A search result of “–” or blanks means there are no public results for this category. The state does not provide data for groups of fewer than 20 students to protect their privacy.
- The database allows for multiple selections of districts, schools and subjects. To see more than one school in a district, click on the district name, press “Ctrl” (for PC users) or “Cmd” (for Mac users) and then select as many school names as you’d like. Similarly, you can click on multiple subjects for the same school.
- To check indicators for an entire district, click on the district name and then select “District Totals” in the School box.
- Clicking on a district name and “District Totals” will bring up data for each grade level – elementary, middle and high – as well as a summary of all grade levels, listed as “All.”
- You need not click an item in each box to complete a search. Clicking on Denver and Abraham Lincoln High School, for example, will bring up indicators for all subjects for the school.
- Frequently asked questions about the Colorado Growth Model
- Video tutorial on the School Performance Framework includes sections with graphics explaining how the growth indicators are calculated.
- The Colorado Growth Model on Schoolview.org, the Colorado Department of Education’s public data portal.
- Contact us at mwalz@EdNewsColorado.org if you have questions about the data or to report a possible error.