"Colorado students’ scores suggest they struggled overall in the new
PARCC tests taken last spring, though state officials said the scores on
the new tests shouldn’t be compared to those from previous tests." continues The Coloradoan
Statewide results were made public Thursday.
“The new tests measure different things — such as where students are in developing the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills outlined in the Colorado Academic Standards,” said Elliott Asp, interim commissioner of education, in a release. “We should all consider these scores as a new baseline from which we will measure the future success of Colorado students.”
Individual student reports will be sent to districts in December for them to distribute to parents. School- and district-level results are scheduled to be made available to the public on Dec. 11.
Colorado students determined to have “met or exceeded expectations” in math tests ranged from 36.7 percent of third-graders to just 18.9 percent of eighth-graders. At the high-school level, meeting or exceeding expectations ranged from 30.4 percent of those who had completed Algebra I to 20.7 percent for those at the “Integrated II” level.
In English, 41.7 percent of fourth-graders met or exceeded expectations to lead all grade levels, while 10th-graders posted the lowest overall percentage of 37.4.
Twelve states, if the District of Columbia is included, administered PARCC tests and though not all have reported scores, or have fully reported all scores, Colorado is in the middle of the pack in terms of performance.
The tests, given to public school students in grades three through high school, were the first statewide measure of the more rigorous Colorado Academic Standards, which include the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and math.
Source: The Coloradoan