The percentage of Colorado third-graders reading at grade level improved slightly this year, according to results released today by state officials.

Across the state, 74 percent of of third-graders achieved at proficient or advanced levels on exams given in February this year, up from 73 percent last year. This year’s exams have a new name, TCAP rather than CSAP, but results are comparable.

Among the state’s ten largest districts, Denver Public Schools posted the biggest increase in reading proficiency, up three percentage points over last year. Since 2007, DPS, which also has the highest poverty rate among large districts, has boosted reading proficiency by nine percentage points.

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Search tips

  • Click any district name and hit Search to bring up all schools in that district, including district totals.
  • Looking for statewide totals for comparison? Click in the “School district” name box and scroll down to “State totals.”
  • To compare schools, hit “Ctrl” and click on as many names as you’d like to see.
  • To rank search results, click on a column heading. For example, if you’re looking at several schools and want to easily see which had the highest proficiency rate in 2012, click on the column heading “% Proficient and Advanced 2012.” Click once and it sorts lowest to highest – click twice to see highest to lowest.
  • Clicking the “Details” button brings up more information about the 2012 TCAP scores, including data about the numbers of students scoring unsatisfactory or those with no scores.

Data notes

  • Only schools with at least 16 third-graders receiving TCAP scores are included; the state withholds data for fewer students to protect their privacy. If you cannot find a school or you see blanks or X’s in your school’s history, that typically means not enough students took the exams that year to disclose results.
  • Results of the Spanish-language exams are included in the database, denoted by “Spanish” after the district or school name.
  • Results of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program come in four levels – unsatisfactory is the lowest level, then partially proficient, proficient and advanced, the highest level. Typically, a student scoring proficient or advanced is considered to be performing at or above grade level. These are the same levels as the former CSAP tests, given since 1997.
  • Poverty rate refers to the number of students in a school or district who are eligible for federal meal assistance. It is a widely used indicator of student poverty.

Learn more

  • Can’t find a school? Think your school data is in error? Email us at EdNews@EdNewsColorado.org and we’ll check it out.
  • Prefer your data in a spreadsheet format? Click on this Colorado Department of Education link to 2012 third-grade TCAP reading scores.

Colorado’s largest school districts ranked by 2012 TCAP performance