CSAP Test Results

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Colorado's public school students are improving on statewide assessment tests, but progress has been "painfully slow." That's the word from educators who released the latest results from the annual benchmark on Monday.

The biggest improvements in scores from 2003 to 2004 came in fifth-grade reading, ninth-grade writing, and fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade math.

The biggest decline was in fifth-grade writing scores, which fell five percentage points.

At the current rate, it'll take Colorado until 2018 to get all public school students to be 80 proficient and advanced in core education areas, and longer than that to reach the 100 percent eventually required by the "No Child Left Behind" Act. 

Grades of Colorado schools will be released in December.

Here's a look at annual progress on student assessment tests. The results are broken down by category, grade and percent of both proficient and advanced for 2003 and 2004, as determined by the Colorado Department of Education:
Category Grade 2003 2004
Reading 4 63 63
Reading 5 66 69
Reading 6 67 67
Reading 7 61 61
Reading 8 66 64
Reading 9 65 66
Reading 10 67 65
Writing 3 57 52
Writing 4 52 53
Writing 5 53 55
Writing 6 54 56
Writing 7 53 52
Writing 8 49 49
Writing 9 50 53
Writing 10 52 50
Math 5 56 59
Math 6 50 53
Math 7 41 41
Math 8 38 41
Math 9 31 32
Math 10 27 27
Science 8 49 51
State officials have carried out their threat to turn a failing school into a charter school. Governor Owens announced that Cole Middle School in Denver will be reorganized as a charter school because the results on statewide skills tests are subpar for the fourth year in a row.

Owens says many of the same teachers and administrators may stay on, but Cole will be reorganized and under new management within

a year.

School officials say they worked with students to try to improve test scores but didn't have enough time. A spokeswoman for the teachers' union says changing to a charter school could be an opportunity for students, but several details must be worked out.

Charter schools are taxpayer-funded and independently run.

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for more information from the Colorado Department of Education.