Apr 15, 2011 6:21 PM by Greg Boyce
Colorado students will still take assessment tests next springs, but not the CSAP. Next year it will be the TCAP, or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program.
It will be administered to public school students in grades three through 10.
"The transitional test will encourage districts to move forward with their implementation of the new standards, while providing time for the preparation of students for the higher expectations to come," said Jo O'Brien, assistant commissioner in the Office of Standards and Assessment. "It is important for students to have been taught the new standards, including new learning skills, by the time the new assessment is in place in 2014."
The Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids from Senate Bill 08-212 set forth a common purpose - to prepare all students for postsecondary and workforce readiness. A significant step toward achieving that goal was adopting new state academic standards that are fewer, clearer and higher. Following the 2009 adoption of those new standards, the redesign of the new assessment system began.
The TCAP will continue to test abilities in math, reading and writing in grades three through 10. Science will be assessed in fifth-, eighth- and 10th-grades.
The Colorado ACT will continue to be administered in the 11th grade.