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RMP 2018 CMAS Results in Review

August 16, 2018   |   By James Cryan

With the release of school year 2017-18 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) data, we are excited to celebrate our successes and reflect on the areas where we hope to grow. We’re committed to being transparent about our work, as we believe this is central to continuing to improve.

Below are a few early reflections on RMP’s CMAS results, with more to come as additional data is released by the state.

At RMP Creekside, we were glad to see status results similar to years past in Math and English Language Arts. (View our 2016 and 2017 results.)

In fact, for the fourth year in a row, our Creekside scholars had the highest math proficiency rates among any DPS school with a majority of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. In that same subgroup, RMP scholars’ scores were fifth for English Language Arts.

When looking specifically at proficiency rates for our students who are English Language Learners, both Creekside and Southwest scholars’ math proficiency scores were in the top ten of all schools in the district.

At RMP Southwest, we were eager for our scholars to take CMAS for the first time. Our two third grade classes at this campus embodied our PEAK Values, showing adventure and perseverance as they completed their first-ever round of CMAS testing.

In math specifically, RMP Southwest scholars’ math proficiency scores were 20% higher than those of other elementary schools in the district with a similar percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

However, our ELA results at RMP Southwest were significantly short of our goals for RMP scholars with 15% proficient.

These results help us understand where our program has strengths we can continue to build on, and where we will seek to make adjustments.

When it comes to 2018 parent satisfaction survey results, we are thrilled that for the second year in a row, RMP Southwest was rated in the top five out of all schools in the district. RMP Southwest had the #1 highest overall positive parent satisfaction rating out of all DPS elementary schools.

Additionally, RMP Creekside’s parent survey results were in the top 15% of all schools in the district.

We have also just recently received growth data from the state. While we’re proud that our 4th- and 5th-grade scholars’ math growth at RMP Creekside outpaced the state results, we fell short of our goals for our scholars’ literacy growth. As we have more time to process this data, we will be sharing additional reflections on growth specifically. (We will not have growth data for our Southwest campus until next year.)

As we review this data and our performance on the school performance framework, we will be reflecting on a number of questions:

  • What is it that has worked well in math, and how can we be sure to build on and accelerate that improvement?
  • What worked well about our academic program and what shifts can we make to improve?
  • What are the right strategies to significantly improve ELA performance?
  • How do we best meet the needs of our scholars who are learning English in school?

We look forward to receiving additional data from the state to help us answer some of these questions.  And we are committed to ensuring that our ELA results improve significantly over the next few years.

I am very proud of our team here at RMP, and I can’t imagine a stronger group of educators to continue to work towards ensuring the best for all our scholars.

 

Onward!

James


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