KIPP Colorado Schools Celebrates Growth, Achievement with Release of Statewide Assessment Results

August 17, 2017

A KIPP Student celebrates at graduation

A KIPP Student celebrates at graduation

DENVER – KIPP Colorado Schools is celebrating strong results from the 2016-17 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessment. KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy led all of Denver Public Schools for growth in English Language Arts (ELA), and had the second highest growth rate in mathematics of all public high schools in Denver, according to the statewide assessment data. 

Both KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School ranked highly compared to Denver Public Schools averages in proficiency scores, ranking in the top ten among public high schools in Denver for both ELA and mathematics on the CMAS assessment. 

Grant Erwin, School Leader at KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, celebrated his students’ achievements. 

“A key component of our students’ success is investing them in the importance of their high school and college education, starting from day one,” said Erwin. “Our teachers then work tirelessly to support our students to reach their full potential and accomplish ambitious academic and character goals. Their outstanding PARCC and PSAT scores are just a few of the many measures of their commitment.”

This year’s CMAS scores also showed gains among KIPP Colorado middle school students. Fifth grade students at KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy saw a significant increase in proficiency in ELA, showing a 20% increase in proficiency over last year’s fifth graders, while eighth grade students at KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School (formerly KIPP Montbello College Prep) demonstrated a 19% improvement in growth in mathematics from the previous year. 

Kimberlee Sia, Chief Executive Officer of KIPP Colorado Schools, said she believes these scores are a clear indicator of growth and success, yet emphasizes that more work remains to be done. 

“At KIPP Colorado Schools, we strive every day to equip our students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond,” said Sia. “These results demonstrate that the hard work of our students and staff are moving the dial in making college a reality. But we know it takes more than test scores to ensure our students are able to graduate high school and lead lives of choice and opportunity. That is why I’m proud of the work we do to not only prepare our students academically, but also to ensure they have the social and emotional supports, character strengths, and the necessary post-secondary resources and counseling from our nationally-recognized KIPP Through College program to reach college, and most importantly, graduate from college.” 

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KIPP Colorado Schools is a network of five charter public schools educating over 1,800 students in Southwest Denver and Far Northeast Denver from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 209 schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C.