State’s 4th-graders fare well in literacy

Colorado ranked eighth in the nation in 2009 for percentage of fourth-grade students scoring at or above grade level in reading on statewide, standardized tests.

Last week, the National Assessment of Educational Progress released average scores and percentages of students scoring in proficient, advanced, basic and below basic categories on standardized tests. The information pertained to fourth-grade and eighth-grade students only.

The ranking showed 73 percent of Colorado fourth-graders scored at or above the basic level in reading in spring 2009.

The basic level shows “prerequisite knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work,” according to the National Assessment Governing Board.

Colorado ranked 19th in eighth-grade reading scores at or above basic level, with 78 percent scoring at basic or better in reading.

In School District 51, 65 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient or above on the reading section of the Colorado Student Assessment Plan test last spring.

In 2009, 64 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient or above on the reading section of the Colorado Student Assessment Plan test.


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