Colorado students score lower on writing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - New statewide test scores show that Colorado students are struggling more with math than writing for the first time in at least five years.

Results from the 2010 Colorado Student Assessment Program released Tuesday also show that large gaps remain between poor and affluent students, minorities and white students and boys and girls.

Writing scores fell to 53 percent proficiency statewide from 55 percent in 2009 among all grades combined. Science scores remained at about 47 percent statewide. And reading scores remained unchanged for the third straight year at 68 percent proficient.

Students from third to 10th grade take the tests every year, a requirement under the federal no child left behind law and its goal of getting all students proficient at reading and mathematics by 2014.

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