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Colorado 4th- and 8th-graders better than national average in math

Jeremy P. Meyer
The Denver Post

Most of the news about K-12 education in Colorado is a downer – 49th in funding, urban graduation rates less than 50 percent and broad achievement gaps between whites and their minority peers.

What isn’t typically heralded is that Colorado students do fairly well at math when compared to the rest of the nation – likely a credit to the state’s more rigorous mathematics standards.

That was again showcased in a national report released today that showed Colorado’s fourth-graders and eighth-graders performed higher than the national average on math assessments.

The results were from the National Assessment of Educational Progress – the only federally mandated national assessment of what young students know and can perform in key subject areas.

The assessment is referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card.” It provides a point of reference for comparisons between states and an accurate and representative picture of student performance over time, according to a release by the Colorado Department of Education.

Specifically, 84 percent of Colorado fourth-graders and 76 percent of eighth-graders performed at or above the NAEP Basic Level in 2009 for math. Nationally, 81 percent of fourth-grade students and 71 percent of eighth-grade students performed at the NAEP Basic Level.

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