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Prompted by No Child Left Behind, Colorado Schools Work To Close the Achievement Gap
Following is an excerpt from an article in yesterday's Denver Post:

"Colorado schools are aggressively wooing Latino moms and dads in an effort to boost test scores and meet tough learning standards required by the 2-year-old No Child Left Behind federal education law.

"Teachers and principals at Hanson Elementary in Adams County District 14, for instance, go to the homes of parents to deliver school supplies and talk to them about the school.

"The Commerce City-based district, where 22 percent of the students come from Spanish-speaking homes, also gives homework assignments to parents and students to improve reading and writing skills.

"The effort may be paying off, as the percentage of students with proficient scores have grown by 9 percentage points on the third-grade reading CSAP (Colorado Student Assessment Program) test in Adams 14. Some schools, including Hanson Elementary, saw the percentage of students with proficient third-grade reading scores climb by 20 points.

"Other factors, including the hard work of teachers and literacy coaches, could also be behind the improvements, say school officials."

The complete text of this article was published in the July 7, 2003 edition of The Denver Post. It is no longer available online.

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