Colorado students dipped slightly in performance on national math and reading tests, mirroring trends across the country. The NAEP tests, known as the Nation’s Report Card, are given every two years to a representative sample of fourth and eighth graders.
In reading, on average, Colorado’s students held steady. The state has about the same percent of students who scored proficient or above as students in other states.
In math, Colorado has more students who are proficient or above than most other states. But this year, Colorado is one of eight states where both fourth and eighth grade math scores were slightly lower than 2013 scores.
A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Education says over the long-term, Colorado students have made significant gains.
Gaps however, between white students and students of color ranged between 21 and 37 points. Those gaps remain largely unchanged over the past two decades.