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Lt. Gov. Garcia statement about 2011 Colorado Student Achievement Program Results

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Colorado Department of Education’s Colorado Student Achievement Program (CSAP) and Colorado Growth Model results:


“This year’s overall CSAP and Growth Model results indicate student achievement success in several key areas, but also highlight the pressing need to continue strengthening the education pipeline so that every student is ultimately prepared for college or a career.  Now more than ever, we must implement the significant education policy reforms passed in the legislature these past few years to ensure success for all students across the state.


 “We know that these results are a snapshot of student learning during the school year and they should be considered along with other assessments and classroom assignments when evaluating student achievement.  The Colorado Growth Model now provides a more effective measurement of student progress and better informs teachers and parents of specific student needs.  We encourage the use of this tool in classrooms to accelerate student learning, particularly in areas of partially proficient or unsatisfactory performance. 


 “I commend CDE, local school boards, community partners, district staff, principals, teachers, families and students for their diligent efforts in and out of the classroom to help students achieve proficiency in reading, writing, math and science.  We must be relentless in our commitment for all children in Colorado to receive a high-quality education for the economic prosperity of Colorado and the nation.”