Hayden's CSAP scores drop

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— Hayden Valley Elementary School fourth-graders had no room to improve this year after every one of them scored proficient or advanced in reading on the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests as third-graders in 2006.

When the students moved to fourth grade for the 2006-07 school year, their perfect reading scores did not follow. The number of proficient or advanced students in reading dropped 34 points. It was one of many decreases in CSAP scores for Hayden School District students, according to data released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Education.

District officials prefer to compare student scores from year to year rather than by grade level. For example, the math scores of fifth-graders are compared to their scores last year as fourth-graders.

Using that method of comparison, notable decreases were also reported in fifth grade math scores, which dropped to 59 percent from 91 percent.

At the middle school level, the number of advanced and proficient eighth-graders dropped 11 percentage points from their seventh-grade year, while reading scores for sixth-graders dropped 15 points from their fifth-grade year.

The Hayden School District data does not reflect the statewide trend where CSAP scores remained flat.

The Department of Education released CSAP scores Tuesday.

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