Denver, CO - Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director Krista Spurgin in response to a national report issued by Achieve, Inc. that shows discrepancies between student proficiency rates as reported by Colorado state tests and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). According to the report, Colorado showed a 26-point discrepancy between state-reported proficiency scores and NAEP in fourth-grade reading and a 10-point discrepancy in eighth-grade math in the 2013-14 school year.
“This report is really shining a light on information that Colorado leaders are well aware of and have been working for years to address. Far too many Colorado students graduate from high school and find themselves unprepared in college and have to take remedial courses. At the same time, employers report they don’t have an adequately prepared workforce. Something needed to change, so in 2010 Colorado raised the bar with new academic standards outlining what students need to know and be able to do by the end of each grade in order to be prepared for success after high school. We also implemented new, smarter tests designed to help ensure parents and teachers have a clear picture of how students are doing reaching those standards and where they may need additional help. Parents need the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their children are getting an education that means they are ready for their next step in life. This is why we believe that it is so critical for our state to continue on the course charted years ago by educators, policy makers and others to improve education for all Colorado students.”