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News Release - Student Achievement Steady in Reading, Math and Science

Aug. 8, 2012

News Release

State test results hold steady in reading, math and science

Board also approves rules in several rulemaking hearings

The Colorado State Board of Education met today for a regularly scheduled meeting. Highlights from the meeting include:

Student Achievement Results

The board was presented the summary findings of the 2012 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) and Colorado Growth Model results for 2012.

  • Overall student achievement held steady based on 2012 state test results.
  • In math, the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced has improved since 2005 across all grade levels with substantial gains in grade 7 and 8 mathematics.
  • In reading, the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced has improved since 2005 across all grade levels with substantial gains in grade 6 reading.
  • In science, all grade levels have improved since 2008 when the new science cut scores were adopted.
  • In writing, the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced increased in grades 5, 7 and 8 and declined in all other grade levels.
  • Hispanic students have made gains in the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced in reading, writing and mathematics across all grades since 2005 and in science since 2008.
  • Despite slight improvements, significant achievement gaps of approximately 27 percent exist and have persisted between Hispanic and white students, black and white students, and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch and those who do not.
  • Most students who are already proficient are making enough growth to stay proficient. Only 33 percent of non-proficient students made enough growth in reading to “catch-up.”

For the full results, visit

Student Recognitions

The board recognized the following student artists that placed in the congressional art competition for their outstanding work:

  • Ms. Emily Abramson, 1st Congressional District, Denver School of the Arts
  • Ms. Natalie Pease, 2nd Congressional District, Boulder High School
  • Ms. Madison Tortessi, 3rd Congressional District, Centennial High School, Pueblo
  • Mr. Tal Hi (Tolly) Bitton, 4th Congressional District, Greeley West High School
  • Ms. Amanda Markel, 5th Congressional District, Homeschooler
  • Ms. Audra Rinerson, 6th Congressional District, Rock Canyon High School
  • Ms. Julia Bingham, 7th Congressional District, Lakewood High School

Rulemaking Hearings

The state board approved the following rules:

  • A name change regarding adult basic education within the Educator Licensing Act of 1991.
  • Another change in the Colorado Educator Licensing Act of 1991 with regard to grounds for denying, suspending, revoking or annulling licenses. The purpose of the amendments is to ensure these rules are in compliance with state statute.
  • Revisions to the Rules for the Administration of Concurrent Enrollment Program to reflect the phase out of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act and Fast College Fact Jobs Act since these programs have been repealed by statute.
  • Emergency rules regarding the administration of state money to Boards of Cooperative Education Services to assist their school districts in implementing and meeting the state’s educational priorities.

The board approved a notice of rulemaking to begin the rulemaking process for the Early Literacy Grant Program, pursuant to the 2012 READ Act. The board also held a rule making hearing on language to align Colorado’s disability categories for students with disabilities with the eligibility categories in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Law requires that the new eligibility categories be implemented via adoption of new rules amending the existing eligibility categories in these rules by December 1, 2012.

Other Action

Commissioner Hammond announced the decision to join as a governing member the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), pursuant to S.B. 12-1240 which prompts the State of Colorado to select and become a governing state of a multi-state assessment consortium. Hammond also informed the board that Colorado will be officially exiting from its participation in the SMARTER Balanced consortium.

Staff updated the board on the process that is underway to identify and recommend school readiness assessments for board review and approval by December 2012. These assessments are required as part of the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (SB 08-212). Staff are holding regional public information meetings on the school readiness assessments, as well as the READ Act rules, during August and September. For more information, please visit:

The state board approved the 2012-2013 Building Excellent Schools Today cash grant awards. For more information, visit

For more on the Colorado State Board of Education, visit

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