Fast Fact- April 12, 2019

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 12, 2019

In the 2017-2018 school year, 46.1 percent of fourth graders in Colorado met or exceeded expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) English Language Arts assessment, the highest share of students scoring proficient on this assessment in the last 4 years. Fourth grade is a critical year for young readers: in this year of instruction, reading skills are applied to learn and investigate concepts in all subjects, and therefore reading below grade level can limit a child’s academic progress in all classes. Among districts for which fourth grade ELA data were reported, Swink, Steamboat Springs, Cheyenne Mountain, Norwood, and Sargent school districts saw over 70 percent of 4th graders demonstrating proficiency; Springfield, Garfield 16, Burlington, and Sierra Grande saw the lowest portion of fourth grade students reading on grade level, with less than 20 percent of students scoring proficient in these districts. To find ELA proficiency data for your school district or county, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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