Colorado Student Assessment Program
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
- 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.
- 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.
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