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KUSA – Colorado students showed small declines in reading, writing and math, according to the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program scores released Thursday. Denver Public Schools, one of the state's largest school districts, did show growth for the third consecutive year.

Sixty nine percent of Colorado students were proficient in reading, according to the Colorado Department of Education, a decline from the 69.5 percent the year before. In writing, 54.4 percent of students were considered proficient, down from 55 percent in 2013. In math, 56.3 percent of students received proficient or advanced scores, down from 56.7 percent the year before.

Despite the decline, the data shows that scores have remained relatively consistent over the past few years, with small dips and rises in between.

Denver Public School students ranked first in overall academic growth for the third year in a row among the 12 largest school districts in Colorado, according to a news release from the district. It had previously ranked last in that same group for year-over-year progress.

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Littleton Public Schools had the highest median growth scores in math, and Cherry Creek School District had the largest growth in reading.

In a presentation, here's where the Board said we need to go from here:

  • The data point to the need to provide more comprehensive and systematic support to districts to build their capacity to meet the needs of all students.
  • The department is refining its strategic goal plan to include deep district, school, and teacher supports during the transition year.
  • We will have a new baseline for English language arts and math results in 2015. This will need to be clearly communicated to all stakeholders and the public at large.
  • CMAS assessments will more directly measure our new standards and help us better understand how prepared students are for the new expectations.

More than 1.52 million tests were given to 507,700 Colorado students in 2014, according to the CDOE.

The results were officially released to the public during the Colorado State Board of Education meeting.

You can see full test results here: http://bit.ly/1nTpB6k

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