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Lt. Gov. Garcia statement on TCAP third grade reading results

DENVER — Thursday, May 10, 2012 — The Colorado Department of Education announced the 2012 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) Grade 3 Reading results. As the state transitions through assessment programs, TCAP provides for longitudinal comparisons with past years’ Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) results. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia issued this statement about the results:


“It is encouraging to see progress in third grade reading scores at the state level, as well as gains in some of our most diverse districts like Denver, Pueblo and Greeley. More importantly, reading achievement across Colorado for at-risk students – particularly low-income and minority groups – continues to improve.


“While we are pleased to see these results trend in a positive direction, there are still too many children in our communities who are not reading at grade level. With yesterday’s passage of the state’s early literacy bill, The READ Act (HB12-1238), Colorado is stepping up efforts to identify children with significant reading issues as early as kindergarten and in partnership with parents, to make sure that children get the targeted interventions and supports they need to read proficiently by third grade.


“Just as educators should use these TCAP results as a springboard to improve classroom instruction, our communities should see these results as a call to action to strengthen early childhood education opportunities and to support the countless teachers, principals, district leaders and staff who deliver high-quality literacy instruction to students every day.”


Results for the 2012 TCAP third grade reading results by state, district and school status can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/Assessment/PrelimGrade3.asp.