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Colo. tests show some students struggling

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Colorado educators say the latest statewide student test results show some students are struggling after years of improvement.

Colorado Student Achievement Program scores released Tuesday show the percentage of students who are proficient or advanced in reading rose in four grades between 2006 and 2007.

It declined in three grades and stayed the same in one.



The performance of third-graders on the Spanish reading test also declined.

Writing proficiency increased in four grades, declined in three and stayed the same in one.



Math showed improvement in four grades, declined in three and remained the same in one.

The only real gain was in science, where all three grades tested showed an increase.

Educators say gender differences persist in the CSAP results. On the 2007 reading test, the percentage of boys who were proficient or advanced increased in four grades and declined in three.



The percentage of girls who were proficient or advanced increased in two grades but declined in five.

The percentage stayed the same in one grade for both boys and girls.


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