CMAS/SAT Results and Our Work Ahead

Dear Friends,

Colorado recently announced state test results from the 2016-17 school year.  I am pleased to share that DSST continues to produce outstanding student achievement and college-readiness results while supporting our students to become the best versions of themselves.  Here are a few highlights:

  • On the Colorado statewide SAT College Admissions Test, DSST has three of the top four performing schools of Denver’s 60+ high schools. DSST: Stapleton, DSST: Green Valley Ranch, and DSST: Cole high schools are Nos. 1, 3, and 4, respectively. This past year, Colorado switched from the ACT to the SAT as the statewide 11th grade assessment.
  • 73% of DSST 11th grade students were college ready vs. 39% of Colorado students statewide.
  • CMAS scores were also released today. On average, DSST students continue to outperform their peers in the state and district on the CMAS assessment. Of particular note, DSST: Green Valley Ranch ninth graders showed the highest growth scores in math within DPS secondary schools, and DSST: Cole ninth graders had the second-highest ELA growth scores in all of DPS.

Lastly, you also may have seen our announcement earlier this week that two DSST schools are finalists for the prestigious 2017 Succeeds Prize for Excellence in Education. DSST: Byers Middle School is one of three finalists in the state for the STEM school category and DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School is one of three finalists in the state for the High School category. The winners will be announced on Oct. 3rd.

While we are excited to celebrate these continued strong results, we also know we can do better. Our achievement gaps continue to be too large between students of color and white students, between students with disabilities and students without disabilities, and English language learners and native English speakers.  DSST is committed to both closing these gaps and ensuring all of our students reach their full potential.  It is important to us that our graduates stand out with both a strong liberal arts foundation and the STEM skills to open up unlimited professional pathways. We have significant work to do as an organization to achieve these goals.

Thank you for your continued support of DSST.  Without the collective effort of our students, families, staff, board and friends, none of this would be possible. I know the entire DSST community is ready to get to work this school year with the goal of ending educational inequities in Denver.


Bill Kurtz

CEO of DSST Public Schools