Colorado Student Assessment Program

— State: Colorado Department of Education
Updated on Oct 27, 2011

Transition from CSAP to TCAP

Please note that Colorado students will no longer take the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP). Starting in the Spring of 2012, students in the state of Colorado will take the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP), during a transition to a new test by 2014.

What is TCAP?

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) is Colorado’s standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. The primary purpose of the assessment program is to determine the level at which Colorado students meet the Colorado Model Content Standards in the content areas assessed. The TCAP is collaboratively developed by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado teaching community and CTB/McGraw-Hill.

You can find more information on TCAP at:

Preparing Your Child for the Statewide Assessment Exam

Information Strategies

Make sure that you understand why schools give the assessment test and how the information will be used.
  • Find out when the school gives the assessment test so that you can ensure that your child is present for the test.
  • Ask whether the school gives students practice in taking the assessment test. If so, be sure that your child participates in these practice sessions.
  • Ask your child’s teacher for information about activities that you can do at home to help your child learn academic content.

Homework Aids

  • When your child has homework, make sure that it gets done.
  • Plan a time and a space for your child to study.
  • Have your child sit at a table or desk with good light when he/she studies, not in front of the television.
  • If your child never or rarely brings work home, find out why. Arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss the homework policy.
  • Help your child understand that spacing studying over days or weeks is better preparation than trying to “cram” the night before.

Physical Preparation

  • Make sure that your child gets a good rest the nights before the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of the test.
  • Feed your child a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of the test. Hunger can detract from good test performance.
  • Plan ahead to ensure that your child is present and on time for the test. Do not plan any medical or dental appointments on testing days.

Ask Your Child To:

  • Read the directions carefully when the teacher gives out the test.
  • Read the questions carefully and all of the answer choices.

Remind Your Child:

  • If you don’t know an answer to a question, skip it and go on to the next question.
  • If there is time at the end of the test, return to the unanswered question.
  • It is helpful to eliminate some of the answer choices that you think are wrong.
  • It is better to tackle each question one-at-a-time, rather than thinking about the whole test at once.
  • If you finish early, check your answers.
The best preparation for an assessment exam is to ensure that your child masters the Colorado Model Content Standards on which the test is based.
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