Educators Pleased With 'Striking' Math Gains On School Tests

Denver (AP) Math scores are adding up to some good news about this year's Colorado Student Assessment Program Tests, better known as C–SAPS. State officials cite what they call "striking" gains in math scores, in releasing the latest C–SAP results Tuesday.

Ninth graders scored just 31% proficient in math in 2002. This year, students in the third and fourth grades scored 68% and 66% proficient, respectively. Those were the best scores of the eight grades tested, and the other six grades showed improvement over last year, too.

The next goal is to improve C–SAP science test scores. The testing program is now in its ninth year, and features 29
exams in areas including reading, writing, math, science, spanish reading and spanish writing.

About 1.4 million tests were administered last spring.

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