Each year, the Colorado StudentAssessment Program, the statewideset of tests taken by students in publicschools better known as the CSAP,releases in late spring the results of the third grade reading tests. Thesecome out months before the other tests,and offer a look at student achieve-ment, and perhaps, the fallible meansof assessing it.We took a look at the performanceof North Denver’s elementary schools.Statewide, just over 60,000 thirdgraders took the test. Of them, over35,000, or 66% were deemed profi-cient, and 4,168 advanced, 7%.City-wide, Denver Public Schoolsstudents, were 48% proficient, 4%advanced.The numbers for North Denverelementary schools were a bit moredistressing.The best performing school wasEdison Elementary, where 75% of stu-dents were proficient or advanced, fol-lowed Sandoval — 68%, Brown — 60%,Centennial —58%, and Bryant Webster— 54%. Below the district averagewere Columbian — 41%, Garden Place— 35%, Trevista-Horace Mann- 35%,Cheltenham —31%, Colfax— 29% andValdez— 9%.More interesting, however, wasto take another step with the data.Edison had 15% of its third gradersrated advanced, more than double thestate average. Cheltenham had onestudent, or 1%, rated advanced. Theother schools?
Across the board, zerostudents rated advanced on the thirdgrade reading test.
Zero.Looking at it another way, out of 547 third graders in North Denverschools, just 13 were advanced, or 2.6%and twelve of them were in one school,Edison. In terms of the proficient rat-ing, 238 of the third graders wereproficient, about 44%, just a few points below the district average.It seems highly improbable thatnine elementary schools, with some 387third graders, would have not a singlethird graders would rate advanced.Using the statewide average, 27 thirdgraders out of 387 should have been
Have you been thinking aboutthat home renovation or improve-ment project but the current economicsituation has left you debating if youshould move on it or not? The City of Denver can help you make a favor-able decision to proceed and helpthe economy at the same time withits Home Renovation Bonanza sched-uled for June 1 through June 15. Thisspecial incentive, supported by theDenver City Council, will suspendthe construction permit fee for basicinterior remodeling of existing one ortwo family dwellings.The fee suspension is intendedto help with improving home ener-gy consumption (i.e., efficient waterheaters/photovoltaic systems) and toadd new value to older homes. These basic home remodel permit fees canusually rack up a sizable cost forlarger work projects. The City wantsto incentivize homeowners to com-plete those improvements in the nextfew months. Once a permit is issued,the homeowner or their contractor hasup to 180 days to complete the work.Extensions can be requested, but theyare not automatic. During the next sixmonths, the city hopes to increase gen-eral fund sales and use tax revenue, sofar lagging 10% from projections.I encourage homeowners to uselocal licensed contractors to bid yourproject and attempt to buy your jobmaterials from neighborhood suppli-ers and vendors. I argued in councilcommittee to extend this permit feehiatus beyond just two-weeks, butthe prevailing sentiment was to keepthe fee suspension at two weeks andupon evaluation, the City could pos-sibly re-introduce the program laterin the year.This permit fee suspension is ourattempt to locally restart the economy.The hoped for remodeling boost, cou-pled with the current Better DenverBond Program’s implementation of
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