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The Transition Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) began in the 2011-2012 school year to support the implementation of the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K) standards update, a process started in 2010. The CAP4K strives to revise and update Colorado Academic Standards to what policymakers and educators believe are the most up-to date practices for Colorado students in the 21st century.
The program will include assessments for grades 3-10, in math, reading, writing, and science in grades 5, 8, and 10 (students in 11th grade take the college preparatory ACT test in lieu of the state assessment). Looking ahead the new assessment will include a test in social studies at least once at the elementary, junior high and high school levels, and will be delivered online as much as possible. The new Colorado Assessment program will not be implemented until 2014; until then the TCAP will serve as the primary assessment for student progress.
The purpose of the TCAP is to continue to assess and understand student progress while preparing for the new assessment system, which will not be in effect until 2014. The TCAP is Colorado’s official state assessment, replacing the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), and informs federal accountability programs, in addition to assessing students understanding and learning of academic standards.
Colorado law requires that all students take the state level assessment tests for the grade in which they are enrolled, the only exception being if the student is taking the CoAlt (Colorado Alternate), which is a modified version of the state standardized test available to students who cannot take the TCAP with reasonable accommodation. Students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) must take the TCAP in addition to the Colorado English Language Acquisition Proficiency Assessment (CELApro). ELLs in the 3rd and 4th grades may receive test instruction in Spanish in certain cases.