NCLB STRONGER ACCOUNTABILITY
Mapping Colorado's Educational Progress 2008
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Every day, we learn what works so students can make greater progress. Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage – and mid-way to the nation's goal of having students on grade level or better in reading and math by 2014 – we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools. This information enables all of us to chart where we are as individual states and as a nation and to map a course of action for future progress. The foundation of our success will depend on our continued commitment to the following core principles:

  • High Standards
  • Annual Assessments
  • Accountability for Results
  • Highly Qualified Teachers in Every Classroom (HQT)
  • Information and Options for Parents
  • All Children on Grade Level By 2014
Student Demographics: White 62.5%, Black 6%, Hispanic 27.1%,  Asian/Pacific Islander 3.3%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.2%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2004-05 School Year

Colorado Students

  Colorado United States
Total Students 779,826 49,676,964
Low-Income Students 33.1% 40.9%
Limited English Proficient 12.8% 8.5%
Students with Disabilities 10.1% 13.6%

Source: National Center For Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data, 2005-06 School Year

Colorado Schools

  Colorado United States
Number of Schools 1,707 98,905
Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress 1,220 (72.8%) 64,546 (70%)
Schools in Need of Improvement 122 10,676
Schools in Restructuring 40 2,302

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07 & NCES CCD, 2005-06

Colorado Facts and Figures

Total NCLB Funding (2007): $ 234,985,187; a 67% increase over 2001 levels
Public AYP Release Date: August 2007
Testing System Status: Approved

Colorado Teachers

Elementary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  98.3% in low poverty schools, 98.3% in high poverty schools.

Secondary Classes Taught by Highly Qualified.  97.8% in low poverty schools, 96.5% in high poverty schools.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Reports, 2006-07

Colorado's Record of Achievement

Reading Achievement for 2006-2007
  Colorado 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 86% 70% 36%
White 93% 81% 47%
Black 76% 56% 18%
Hispanic 73% 48% 15%
Low Income 75% 51% 17%

  Colorado 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 87% 79% 35%
White 93% 87% 43%
Black 77% 65% 18%
Hispanic 74% 62% 17%
Low Income 75% 64% 18%

Math Achievement for 2006-2007
  Colorado 4th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 91% 82% 41%
White 95% 91% 54%
Black 81% 65% 20%
Hispanic 83% 66% 19%
Low Income 84% 67% 21%

  Colorado 8th Graders
  State Data— % Proficient NAEP Data— % Basic NAEP Data— % Proficient
All 76% 75% 37%
White 85% 85% 48%
Black 56% 60% 21%
Hispanic 59% 53% 13%
Low Income 59% 58% 17%

Source: Colorado Testing Data and 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data

Achievement Trends

State Reading Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 224, while nationally they scored 220; 8th graders scored 266, while nationally they scored 261.  

In 2005 4th graders scored 224, while nationally they scored 217; 8th graders scored 265, while nationally they scored 260.  

In 2003 4th graders scored 224, while nationally they scored 216; 8th graders scored 268, while nationally they scored 261.

State Math Achievement: 

In 2007 4th graders scored 240, while nationally they scored approximately 244; 8th graders scored 286, while nationally they scored 280.  
In 2005 4th graders scored 239, while nationally they scored approximately 238; 8th graders scored 281, while nationally they scored 278.  
In 2003 4th graders scored 235, while nationally they scored approximately 236; 8th graders scored 283, while nationally they scored 276.

Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Preparing Colorado Students for Success

State's high school graduation rate in 2006 was 74.1% The percentage of high school students who graduate as reported by the state.

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07


The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate was 78.7% for the state, 75% for the nation. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) is a reliable definition for comparing across the states the percentage of students who graduate on time.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



High School Students Taking Advanced Placement Exams

Source: College Board

Colorado Nation
12,629
(28.9%)
666,067
(24.2%)

Options for Parents

  # of Eligible Colorado Students % of Eligible Colorado Students Participating % of Eligible Students Participating Nationally
Tutoring 30,997 4,400 (14.2%) 529,627 (14.5%)
Choice 55,087 1,180 (2.1%) 119,988 (2.2%)

Source: Consolidated State Performance Report, 2006-07

Flexibility Options for States - Colorado

Teacher Incentive Fund School District No 1 for the City and County of Denver, Eagle County School District, Weld County School District, Harrison School District Two
Limited English Proficient Partnership Participating
Flexibility for Students with Disabilities Participating
Tutoring Pilot Not Participating
Growth Model Not Participating
Districts in Need of Improvement Pilot Not Participating

 
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