REPORT CARD
COLORADO
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1992 1996
Student Achievement
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Proficient in science,
8th grade:
32%
Proficient in math,
8th grade:
22% 25%
 
URBAN CHALLENGE
Disadvantaged Schools
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Below basic in reading,
4th grade:
69%
Below basic in math,
8th grade:
58%
1997 1998
Standards and
Assessments:
inc B
Quality
of Teaching:
B- C
School Climate: C C-
Resources
Adequacy: D F
Equity: B- ?
Allocation: C- C-
NOTE: The grades on school climate are not comparable from one year to the next because the data sources have changed.
? indicates the state did not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection.

COMMENT: The first test results tied to the state's model academic standards underscore how much Colorado is raising the bar. The state's adequacy grade fell because its education spending has not kept pace with inflation or with the state's growing wealth. Its teaching grade fell because Colorado does not provide funding to support or evaluate new teachers in the classroom. Denver, which returned fully to neighborhood schools in 1997-98, is also working to raise expectations with some promising results but little state assistance.

AN URBAN SNAPSHOT
Denver
  • 13% of state's population
  • 12% of state's children
  • 21% of state's poor children
  • 59% of state's children living in extremely impoverished neighborhoods

  • 10% of state's public school students
  • 23% of state's free-lunch students
  • 26% of state's minority students
  • 8% of state's spring 1994 graduates
  • 11% of FY 1994 state and local education revenue

This report card is part of Quality Counts '98, a special report from Education Week on the Web.

© 1998 Editorial Projects in Education

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