CMAS growth in D51 outpaces state

CMAS growth in D51 outpaces state
Posted on 10/04/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - Students in Mesa County Valley School District 51 surpassed the state average in growth on Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing in both math and English Language Arts this spring. Growth data compares student performance on 2021 CMAS tests to scores achieved by the same students when they were two years younger in 2019. There was no CMAS testing in 2020.


While most District 51 schools offered both CMAS math and English Language Arts testing in grades 3-8, the state only required CMAS math testing in grades 4, 6, and 8 and CMAS English Language Arts testing in grades 3, 5, and 7 this spring. As a result, the Colorado Department of Education only measured growth for math in grades 6 and 8 and for ELA in grades 5 and 7 (grades 3 and 4 were too young to take CMAS tests in 2019).


CMAS Growth is measured in percentiles. More information about baseline referenced growth and how percentiles are measured can be found here.


State Growth

D51 Growth

5th grade English

46th percentile

51st percentile

6th grade math

33rd percentile

53rd percentile

7th grade English

40th percentile

40th percentile

8th grade math

37th percentile

46th percentile


Student growth is a celebration not just for our children and their families but the many educators and other staff who made it a priority to prevent learning loss and get students back on track after remote learning in the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year. While other districts struggled with the challenges of going in and out of online learning last year, District 51 was the largest school district in Colorado to stay open for the entire 2020-21 school year.


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