Howbert perfect once, Pike twice on CSAPs

       Two Westside principals - and their fifth-grade classes - made perfect exits with the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) testing last spring.
       The Howbert Elementary fifth-grade class rang up a 100 percent (meaning all scored proficient or advanced) in the CSAP math testing. Their principal, David Morris, has been reassigned this school year to Trailblazer Elementary in the Mountain Shadows area.
       Meanwhile, Pike Elementary's fifth-grade class scored 100s in both math and reading. It was Pike's last year as a school, having been closed by District 11 as part of a system-wide, building-efficiency effort. Manuel Ramsey, the Pike principal, is taking over this year at the Westside's Bristol Elementary (former principal Steve Ferguson retired).
       The annual CSAPs reflect students' individual knowledge of educational material at their respective grade levels, broken out by the subjects of reading, writing, math and (for the 5th, 8th and 10th grades) science. Scores in each are categorized as advanced, proficient, partly proficient or unsatisfactory.
       With grade 5 their last year in elementary school, the high-scoring classes from both Howbert and Pike are now in the sixth-grade attendance area for Holmes Middle School - which already does well on the CSAPs. Holmes' classes cumulatively scored 80 percent or better this year on 6 of the 10 CSAP tests for grades 6-8.
       Aside from Howbert and Pike, no other Westside school even scored above 80 on any test, except for third-grade reading, in which Buena Vista hit 88.
       Howbert was especially strong, scoring 90 or above in third-grade reading (90), fourth-grade math (92), fourth-grade reading (96) and fifth-grade reading (98). The school's scores were similar to last year's, when Howbert was named a John Irwin School of Excellence for being among the top 8 percent of elementaries in Colorado.
       Pike's other high score this year was a 90 in third-grade reading. A school with over 75 percent Title 1 students (those eligible for free or reduced lunches), it was named the top Title 1 academic school in the state the previous year.
       In another honor, the CSAP scores by Howbert, Pike and Holmes (also an Irwin winner in recent years) put them among nine from District 11 on the state's list of “high performing schools” (defined as achieving 60th percentile or higher growth in one or more content areas for three consecutive years) in Colorado.
       The 100s by Howbert and Pike were recognized by the D-11 Board of Education at its meeting Aug. 12.
       Both Morris and Ramsey pointed to the synchronized work of their staff and support from parents. The principals also described regular academic assessments that are geared to keep individual students from lagging.
       Looking ahead to Bristol, which last year was similar in Title 1 school percentage to Pike, Ramsey praised the current staff as “high quality” and said he does not plan any major changes. “We're going to take what's good at Bristol and add a little expertise,” he said. “It's all about helping kids learn.”
       Morris inherits a traditionally high-scoring school with Trailblazer. “There's a potential here to have 100,” he enthused.
       Pike's 100s have not been publicized because its fifth-grade class size (just 14 students) was below the 16-student cut-off that the Colorado Department of Education has established for announcing scores. Ramsey noted that 10 of the 14 were in the third-grade class two years ago that had scored Pike's first-ever 100 (in reading).

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