State test results released this week show little change in student progress in reading, writing, math and science for grades 3 -10.

About two-thirds of Colorado students are reading at grade level and just over half are proficient in writing and math. Slightly under half scored proficient or advanced in science.

2011 marks the 15th year of the Colorado Student Assessment Program – and the last. The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program begins next year as the state moves to new tests aligned to new academic standards.

Read this EdNews story for CSAP trends over time. This database shows results for 2008 – 2011:


🔗Search tips

  • The database allows for multiple selections of districts, schools, subjects and grades. For example, to see more than one school in a district, hit “Ctrl” and click on as many names as you’d like. Similarly, you can click on multiple grades and subjects for the same school.
  • You need not click an item in each box to complete a search. Clicking on Denver Public Schools and Abraham Lincoln High School, for example, will bring up results for all grades and subjects for the school.
  • Want to compare a school or district to the statewide average? Click in the “School district” name box and scroll down to “State totals.”
  • To rank search results, click on a column heading. For example, if you’re looking at several schools and want to easily see which had the highest proficiency rate in 2011, click on the column heading “% Proficient and Advanced 2011.” Click once and it sorts lowest to highest – click twice to see highest to lowest.
  • Clicking the “Details” button brings up more information about the 2011 CSAP scores.

🔗Data notes

  • Only schools with at least 16 students receiving CSAP scores are included; the state withholds data for fewer students to protect their privacy. If you cannot find a school or you see blanks or zeros in your school’s history, that typically means not enough students took the exams that year to disclose results.
  • Results of the Colorado Student Assessment Program come in four levels – unsatisfactory is the lowest level, then partially proficient, proficient and advanced, the highest level. Typically, a student scoring proficient or advanced is considered to be performing at or above grade level.
  • Results of the Spanish-language exams, Lectura and Escritura, are included in the database.
  • Poverty rate refers to the number of students in a school or district who are eligible for federal meal assistance. It is a widely used indicator of student poverty.

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  • Prefer your data in a spreadsheet format? Click on this link to see CSAP and other assessment data in Excel.

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