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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has released the results of the 2010 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP).  The August 10, 2010 six-page CDE news release [PDF 138KB] includes results from the CSAP and Colorado ACT assessments.  More information is available in the August 10 Education News Colorado article ("Scores go up, scores go down"), the August 10 Education News Colorado article ("CSAP analysis: Signs of reform taking hold"), the August 11 Education News Colorado article ("Denver, Dougco tops in large-district growth"), and the August 11 Denver Post editorial ("Flat CSAP scores another sign that reform is crucial").

Current CSAP practice is to test nearly all students for reading, writing, and math in grades 3-10, and science in grades 5, 8, and 10.  According to CDE, the amount of school-year time required to administer the CSAP is about 1% for grades 3-10.  CSAP results are reported in performance-level percentages for the portion of students in each category: at or above proficient (proficient plus advanced), advanced, proficient, partially proficient, and unsatisfactory.

ICAN has provided comments and other information below and on lower-level pages for tabulations of the 1997-2010 CSAP results for Reading, Writing, Math, and Science:

  • Reading: The state CSAP Reading 2010 average for grades 3-10 was 68% proficient or advanced, which was no change from the 68% average in 2009.
  • Writing: The state CSAP Writing 2010 average for grades 3-10 was 53% proficient or advanced, which was a small loss from the 55% average in 2009.

  • Math: The state CSAP Math 2010 average for grades 3-10 was 55% proficient or advanced, which was a small gain from the 54% average in 2009.

  • Science: The state CSAP Science 2010 average for grades 5, 8, and 10 was 47% proficient or advanced, which was a small loss from the 48% average in 2009.

There are 36 relatively-large Colorado school districts that have at least five elementary schools, as listed on ICAN CSAP data tabulations of academic performance.  Detailed summaries of CSAP P+A averages of those 36 districts for each grade in each subject are available for the 27 2006 tests [PDF 14KB], the 27 2007 tests [PDF 14KB], the 27 2008 tests [PDF 14KB], the 27 2009 tests [PDF 14KB], and the 27 2010 tests [PDF 61KB].  The numbers in bold type are the relative ranks based upon the CSAP averages for percent P+A for each subject area and the district total.  The top five overall district P+A averages for 2010 are Cheyenne Mountain 12 (81%, was 81% in 2009), Lewis-Palmer 38 (78%, was 80%), Academy 20 (75%, was 75%), Littleton 6 (72%, was 73%), and Boulder Valley RE 2 (72%, was 73%).

On August 10, 2010 CDE also released the SchoolView portal (, which links to an enormous amount of information about school achievement and growth as well as other useful information for performance improvement.


Last modified: 08/13/2010


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