High-Stakes Testing, Latinos, and English Language Learners: Lessons from Colorado

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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) results in third- and fourth-grade reading and writing, 1999-2001, were compared for Latinos taking the English or Spanish CSAP and all Colorado students. Latino students had equivalent or higher scores on the Spanish CSAP compared to the English CSAP, but had lower scores than all students, regardless of language of instruction. Implications for school accountability ratings are discussed.