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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

For the fourth straight year, Holyoke third-grade reading scores exceeded the state average.

Third-grade reading scores on the 2012 TCAP (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) were recently released. And Holyoke Elementary third-grade students exceeded the state average of proficient and advanced students by three percentage points.

Seventy-seven percent of Holyoke students scored proficient or advanced. The state average for this year is 74 percent proficient and advanced.

Kyle Stumpf, principal at Holyoke Elementary School, informed his staff of the results. “Results like these that are consistent from year to year demonstrate that our building is focused on student achievement. Everyone is involved in an effort like this: classroom teachers from kindergarten to third and all of those who support the students in the resource room, with Title I support or the English as a Second Language services.

“Even the upper grades contribute by compensating as we put more resources into the younger grades.”

Not only did third-grade do well by exceeding the state average in reading, there were no students who received an unsatisfactory score. Stumpf added, “One goal we have as a building is to focus on providing interventions for those who need additional help. Seeing that we had zero unsatisfactory scores is encouraging because we have worked hard on interventions.

“These results are truly a partnership with the parents who read to their children, make sure they are well rested during test week and who also help motivate them to do their best.”

Another celebration for the school district was the performance of students who are learning English as a second language. Of the 44 students in third grade, 16 of them (36 percent) are identified as “Limited English Proficient” for their language proficiency. Of these students, 11 ( 69 percent) still scored in the proficient range.

TCAP is the new name for what has been known as CSAP since its inception. The statewide mandatory assessment was renamed this year as the test began to transition into the newly adopted state standards.

The third-grade reading assessment began in 1998. Student results for all TCAP tests are classified into one of four categories: advanced, proficient, partially proficient or unsatisfactory. It is a statewide expectation that proficient scores are deemed to be on grade level or meeting the standards set by the state.

Third-grade reading is tested early so results are available before school ends. All other TCAP test results will be available to districts in late July or early August.

Holyoke School District has set its own targets for student achievement outlined by the Standard of Excellence team and included in the district’s strategic plan, Destination 2016.

The goals of the district are clear, to have students achieving in the top 25 percent in the state. This year’s third-grade results continue to trend well toward reaching the ultimate goal of over 85 percent proficient and advanced.

The district publishes all TCAP results and how they track toward the 2016 goals in its annual report to the community that comes out in August of each year.

“Times are tough in public education,” said Supt. Bret Miles. “Our state funding per pupil has been reduced 16 percent, more than $480,000 over the last two years. That has required schools everywhere to do hard work with fewer people and fewer resources.

“To see our school stay above the state average with fewer teachers is a testament to the focus on achievement and tireless effort of our teachers,” added Miles. “We are very fortunate to have a staff dedicated to increasing achievement regardless of the challenges.”

Further questions can be directed to Supt. Miles by contacting the Holyoke school district administration building at 854-3634 or by calling Principal Stumpf at 854-3411.

Holyoke Enterprise May 17, 2012