Statewide Academic Test Results Available

Salida Students Again Exceed State Expectations
Salida Spartan LogoLast year Salida Schools’ teachers and staff were prepared and rolled relatively seamlessly from in-person to remote learning when needed, and while it may not have been perfect, the recent release of CMAS, PSAT and SAT scores from the spring of 2021 indicate that Salida succeeded in a big way in a year filled with uncertainty. 

Because of the challenges presented to students in the ’20-’21 school year due to COVID-19, CMAS testing was limited compared to traditional years. Statewide test scores indicate a significant decrease in both participation and achievement from 2019 to 2021. However, Salida had more students test, an average of over 90% across Salida School District (SSD) schools, and scores show that Salida students continued to show growth and achievement in all categories at all grade levels tested despite the disruption of the pandemic:

Grade

Subject

State Participation %

Salida Participation %

State % Met or Exceed Expectations

Salida % Met or Exceed Expectations

Grade 3

ELA/Literacy

76.2

90.0

39

53

Grade 5

ELA/Literacy

74.4

89.9

47

62

Grade 7

ELA/Literacy

63.7

91.0

43

58

Grade 4

Math

75.8

93.7

29

64

Grade 6

Math

68.6

93.3

24

27

Grade 8

Math

58.0

90.2

30

48


Families will receive an individual report that will show the subject areas where their child is excelling as well as where they may need more support. Families are encouraged to consider their child’s results within the context of the variety of learning disruptions they may have encountered during the ’20-’21 school year. 


Across the state 9th and 10th grade students participated in the PSAT* while 11th graders took the SAT**, and again SSD students scored on average higher than those statewide:

 

Grade

SHS

Salida School District
(Includes SHS, HEA and Salida Online)

State of Colorado

9th (PSAT)

969

962

903

10th (PSAT)

983

982

947

11th (SAT)

1061

1049

1011


The spring 2021 tests and expectations were consistent with previous years. Because the scores and performance levels had the same meaning from previous years, results provide important insight into what individual students know and can do in relation to the grade-level expectations of the Colorado Academic Standards. Salida School’s results reflect participation of students in Salida High School, Salida Middle School, Longfellow Elementary School, The Crest Academy, Horizons Exploratory Academy, and the ’20-’21 Salida Online Program (SOP).

The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on many aspects of education last year, disrupting learning opportunities for students across the globe. Our community came together to support protocol to keep our kids in school. As we learned more, we made adjustments with the goal of keeping our kids in school while minimizing the impact of the virus on our community. And Salida, we did it! We continued to provide exceptional educational opportunities to our youth, setting them ahead of their peers for the rest of their lives. In a year when the opportunities to celebrate have been few, together we can be proud of what we accomplished – together.

More information can be found at salidaschools.com under the News/What’s New section including links to more detailed information about Colorado Department of Education and their current student assessment practices.

For additional information please contact Kim LeTourneau at 719-530-5225 or kletourneau@salidaschools.org.

Salida Schools CMAS Results
Salida Schools PSAT/SAT Results
Colorado PSAT/SAT Testing Data
Colorado Department of Education Assessment Division
Colorado Department of Education Resources for Parents


*The PSAT focuses on the knowledge, kills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success. In addition to helping students practice for the SAT, it can identify student’s potential for success in advanced course work. It provides more data than ever before about academic strengths and weaknesses as well as access to millions of dollars in potential scholarships.

**The SAT is closely aligned to challenging classroom work of Colorado schools and focuses on the key skills and concepts that evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness, including, mathematical concepts, skills, and practices important for success in career training programs, and reading, comprehending, and writing high-quality essays supported by evidence.

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