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TCAP: DCSD #1 in reading, District continues to outpace state

CASTLE ROCK – The results are in from the recent Transitional Colorado Assessment Program and despite the changes, students with the Douglas County School District once again far outpaced the state average. In fact, DCSD scored highest in the state in reading and 13 percentage points above the state on the entire test this year.
In the 2012 state student assessment test DCSD maintained or gained in 18 of the 27 tests administered. Grades 7 and 9 saw gains in all subject areas—reading, writing and math; while Grade 10 maintained or gained in those areas. The District also saw the achievement gap (ESL, IEP, FRL) decrease for 4th and 6th grade students in writing.
Many of the results are worth celebrating. For instance, Douglas County had the highest performance among the 10 largest districts in reading. The subject is the foundation for all other learning and the test showed that 82 percent of DCSD students were proficient or advanced in 2012. Plus, more than 85 percent of DCSD’s elementary, middle and high schools performed above the state averages in all grade levels and content areas, including Northridge Elementary, which performed 91 percent proficient or above on 12 or 13 of the tests administered.
The following elementary schools obtained 100% proficient or above proficient in the noted grade/content:

* DCS Montessori, 6th grade Reading
* Northridge Elementary, 5th grade Math
* Platte River Academy, 4th grade Math
* North Star Academy, 8th Reading, Writing, and Science

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.