Colorado Student Assessment Program (page 2)
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.
- 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.
You can help by:
- Monitoring your child’s performance during the year. Ask questions if you don’t understand the reasons why your child received a certain grade.
- Obtaining information about the Colorado Model Content Standards. Your child’s teacher or guidance counselor can provide you with this information.
- Telling your child that you believe that he/she can do well and succeed in school. Stress that students get good grades by hard work and not just because “some students are smart.” Offer praise and encouragement for achievement and improvement.
- Using television wisely. Limit viewing to 2 hours or less on a school night.
- Establishing a daily routine for meals, homework, chores, bedtime, and family talk.
What is CSAP?
Who writes the CSAP assessments?
How long does the test take?
Who scores the tests?
How did the State decide who would be advanced, proficient, partially proficient, or unsatisfactory?
Is my child required to take the CSAP?
My child is a special needs student. Does he/she have to take the CSAP?
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