Hayden students began taking Colorado Student Assessment Program tests Tuesday.
Students in third through 10th grade will have nine to 11 testing sessions, staggered throughout this week and two to three weeks following spring break, superintendent Mike Luppes said.
The Colorado Department of Education requires the tests to monitor student and school achievement. A school's test results factor heavily into how it is rated on state-issued School Accountability Reports.
Students will skip some classes for the CSAPs, which are 50 to 55 minutes long. In general, tests will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Third- through 10th-grade students will take tests measuring reading, math and writing skills. Eighth graders also take science tests.
Last year, Hayden students scored at or above state averages in the reading portion of the tests but had more problems with the writing and math portions.
Math, in particular, is a challenge for Hayden students, and the schools have been working the past several years on math curriculums geared toward higher student achievement, Luppes said.
"Math is an area that we're hoping to see improvement," he said.
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