Fast Fact- February 16, 2018

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: February 16, 2018

In 2017, 44.1 percent of fourth graders in Colorado met or exceeded expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) English Language Arts assessment, a slight increase from 43.9 percent of fourth graders in 2016. 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; therefore, reading below grade level can limit academic progress in all classes. Among districts for which fourth grade ELA data were reported, Granada School District had the highest percentage of fourth grade students reading proficiently last year, with 78 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations on the ELA portion of the CMAS. Ignacio School District saw the lowest portion of fourth grade students reading on grade level, with only 12 percent of fourth graders reading proficiently. To find data for your school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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