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New Arapahoe programs boost schools' test scores

Feb 26, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Arapahoe schools have improved their performance on the Proficieny Assessments of Wyoming Students and Common Core Measures of Acadmic Progrss.

The district attributed its success to reading, math and after-school programs that were implemented to help struggling students.

Tutoring and other intervention activities were put in place as well, Crowson said. For example, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a program authorized under Title IV, focuses on PAWS proficiency levels, graduation rates, remediation rates and alcohol use. The program provides funding for recreational activities, academics activities, arts and music, among others.

"We give our students the opportunity to succeed, and they shall," FCSD 38 Board of Trustees chair Charlene Gambler-Brown said. "We believe in our students at Arapahoe School. They dream it; they will live it."

The district also has created the Johnson O'Malley Indian Education Committee, which is made up of parents. Funds provided via JOM, which is authorized by Bureau of Indian Education Title 25, support a variety of goals, including academic success, according to 21st CCLC coordinator and JOM IEC secretary Teresa HisChase.

HisChase said the committee provides funding for the district's Warriors Club, Rec Club, Falcon Pride and Falcon Legends incentive programs, as well as swimming lessons and Arapaho language and culture sustainability efforts.

"The JOM IEC also provides family engagement activities in partnership with Arapahoe School's 21st CCLC program," she said.

The district also has plans for the Arapaho Charter High School, which in March of 2016 moved from traditional charter instruction to blended instruction that combines online classes with in-person instruction. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the high school served about 14 students. Now, about 25 students are enrolled, and three students had graduated early.

"They're getting excited about it now," Crowson said. "They see how it's working and how it helps them."

More students and more graduations would improve the school's graduation rate, which in previous years has stayed significantly low due to a lack of enrollment, Crowson said.

Crowson said the district uses both MAP and PAWS because the two tests correlate well with each other. MAP results give a "pretty good picture" on how students will perform on PAWS, Crowson added.

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