Measuring Achievement

If excellence is our goal, how do we measure our progress at Denver Christian School?

Periodic standardized testing provides insight into students and academic programs. We have improved and expanded our data collection efforts with MAP testing.

For comparative purposes, take a quick glance below at the student standardized testing results at Denver Christian School.

Measures of Academic Progress®

One way that academic excellence is measured at Denver Christian School is through standardized testing. Each year Denver Christian administers a standardized testing program called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) to students in grades one through twelve.  MAP assesses each student’s instructional level,and measures academic growth in the areas of language usage, reading and mathematics.

Denver Christian teachers analyze the MAP data to develop instruction that will equip students to achieve their identified goals. A feature of MAP testing is its ability to help teachers connect test results with specific learning objectives that are tailored to each child’s instructional level.

Denver Christian students consistently perform above grade level placement in language usage, reading and mathematics.

The following table displays test results from Spring 2015 testing.

DCS Students Compared to National Norms, 1st through 12th Grade
Grade

Reading

DCS Grade Norm (National Norm)

MathematiCS

DCS Grade Norm (National Norm)

Language Usage

DCS Grade Norm (National Norm)

1
178 (160) +18
177 (163) +14
N/A
2
200 (188) +12
200 (192) +8
200 (189) +11
3
206 (198) +8
210 (203) +7
209 (200) +9
4
213 (206) +7
221 (213) +8
215 (206) +9
5
215 (212) +3
221 (222) -1
217 (211) +6
6
220 (215) +5
229 (225) +4
220 (219) +1
7
228 (218) +10
238 (229) +9
227 (217) +10
8
229 (220) +9
241 (231) +10
230 (219) +11
9
235 (222) +13
249 (234) +15
233 (221) +12
10
236 (225) +11
253 (237) +16
235 (223) +12
11
230.6 (225.6) +5
254.7 (239.8) +17.6
229.5 (224.6) +4.9
12
239
260
237

ACT Test Results

Juniors and seniors at Denver Christian School typically take the ACT as part of their college application process. Many students also take selected Advanced Placement tests.

The following table provides comparative data on composite scores for the graduating classes of 2014.

Comparison of ACT Composite Scores for 2014
Denver Christian State of CO National
English 24.3 20.1 20.3
Math 25.4 20.4 20.9
Reading 24.4 20.9 21.3
Science 25.0 20.6 20.8

 

The following table provides ACT college readiness benchmark scores for Denver Christian (2013 graduating class) as compared with State mean scores.

2013 Denver Christian (State of CO)
English Composition 87 (63)
Algebra 74 (39)
Social Science 76 (43)
Biology 42 (36)

 

Advanced Placement Test Results 

2015 — 28 AP tests taken in English Language, English Literature, US History, and Calculus AB.  16/28 received passing scores (57%)

2014 – 11 AP tests taken in English, US History, Calculus AB.  10/11 received passing scores (91%)

2013 — 24 AP exams taken in English, Government, Calculus.  15/24 received passing scores (63%)

2012 — 26 AP exams taken in English and Calculus.  24/26 received passing scores (92%)

2017 College & University Acceptance List

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Augustana College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Baylor University
  • Calvin College
  • Central Methodist University
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Concordia University-Nebraska
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dordt College
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fresno State University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • High Point University
  • Hillsdale College
  • John Tyler Community College
  • Lake Forest College
  • Metro State Denver
  • Missouri Valley College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Trinity Christian University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • University of Denver
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Westmon College

 Scholarships Awarded to 2015 Denver Christian Graduates

  • $445,450 annual
  • $1,787,800 four year college career

College Credits Earned by 2015 Denver Christian Graduates

  • Chemistry — 6 students (5 college credits)
  • Calculus — 8 students (4 college credits)
  • Spanish — 2 students (3 college credits)