Hayden excels in science

Soroco struggles on statewide tests

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— Mathematics scores by Steamboat Springs eighth-graders put them in the top 7 percent in the state. Their counterparts in Hayden also found themselves in elite company thanks to their scores in science.

Fifty-five percent of Steamboat eighth-graders scored at or above proficiency on statewide assessment tests in math, well above the state average of 33 percent. Likewise, Hayden eighth-graders reached 63 percent proficiency in science, nearly 20 percent above the state average of 45 percent.

On the downside, Hayden struggled in math, scoring 22 percent. South Routt students just met the state average in math and scored below average in science at 35 percent proficiency.

Soroco Superintendent Steve Jones said he was not surprised by south Routt's low scores, but said they provide useful benchmarks upon which to build. Teachers and staff will use the information as a way to refocus their efforts.

"We have a good deal of work to do in both math and science," Jones said.

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