Newly-released test scores for Colorado students show some setbacks though the results may also point to steady improvement over the long term.
Education Commissioner Bill Moloney released the Colorado Student Assessment Program scores Wednesday.
In reading, fourth-graders rated "proficient and advanced" dropped from 63 percent to 61 percent and seventh-graders rated similarly dropped from 63 percent to 59 percent.
In writing, fourth-graders rated "proficient and advanced" dropped from 51 percent to 50 percent and seventh-graders rated so dropped from 52 percent to 50 percent.
Moloney said the results show slow and steady progress from 1997 when fourth-graders were first tested on reading and writing.
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