Math still gives Hayden students problems on CSAPs

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— Hayden students tested better than the state average in reading this year and more than 25 percent better in science, according to Colorado Student Assessment Program results released Wednesday.

This is the sixth year the state has administered the test to Colorado public school students.

Overall, students in all grades were considered more proficient than Colorado peers their age when all subjects (math, reading, writing and science) were considered together.

The only subject that seemed to consistently give them trouble was math.

The CSAP test was given to math students in grades 5 through 10. In all grades except sixth, students scored well below the average.

Ninth-graders, who were not tested last year, fared the worst. Out of 100 points, Hayden scored an average of 18.

Sixth-graders were the only group to match their peers in math, tying the state average of 51.

Hayden students scored poorly in math last year as well. In fact, this time last year, their scores were shockingly low. At the time, CSAPs only tested fifth-, eighth- and 10th-graders. All grades tested below the state average, with 10th-graders scoring three points out of 100 possible. This year's 10th-grade score of 24 is a marked improvement.

Reading and science were subjects where Hayden students shone.

Eighth-graders were the only ones tested, but students received high scores. This year students received an average score of 73 23 points above those their same age.

Reading scores were similarly impressive. Grades 3 through 10 were tested and every grade scored higher than the state average.

For fourth- and fifth-graders, last year's prognosis of the same subject was not as positive. For the older grades, reading has been the strong point in both of the years the test was administered, scoring as many as 20 points higher than the Colorado average.

Last year, third-graders were not tested.

Writing was a hard subject for fourth-graders last year, with the average score set at 13. This year, fourth-graders almost met the state average in writing proficiency with 47 points. The state average was 50.

CSAP decided to test grades 3 through 10 this year rather than only testing fifth, eighth and 10th grades.

Third-graders were the best writers, according to the results, scoring 69 points, 18 points above the state average.

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