PARCC Scores Vary Widely By District And School, Data Shows

December 11, 2015

Scores for the new state English and math tests called PARCC range from very high to very low. The state released results for all 178 school districts and more than 1,800 schools Friday.

They ranged from 1 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations at a charter school northwest of Colorado Springs – to 97 percent of Algebra 1 students on target at a middle school in Douglas County.

These are the first results from new state tests that reflect more rigorous academic standards. State leaders cautioned parents to look at participation rates when they look at a school’s scores. Some schools had a fewer than a third of students taking the tests. 

If scores seem low, officials also said parents need to to remember the bar has been raised and tests are much harder than before. But officials say they’re confident scores will rise as teachers and students gain more experience with the new standards and tests.