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Assessment Revision

The Colorado Academic Standards were adopted December 10, 2009. The revised standards include early school readiness and postsecondary competencies, as well as reflect both workforce readiness and 21st century skills. In order to measure those new content standards, Colorado is moving to implement a new assessment system.

Phase I began in the spring of 2012 with the introduction of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP). In the coming years, the TCAP will be replaced with a new assessment system that is fully aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards.

Field Testing for the new science and social studies assessments is scheduled to begin on April 22, 2013.

 

Proposed Implementation Timetable

2013
  • TCAP
  • CoAlt
  • Colorado ACT
  • ACCESS for ELLs
2014
  • TCAP (Reading, Writing and Mathematics)
  • New Colorado Summative Assessment of Science and Social Studies (anticipated operational, computer based)
  • CoAlt (Reading, Writing and Mathematics)
  • New Colorado Alternate Assessment of Science and Social Studies
  • Colorado ACT
  • ACCESS for ELLs
2015
  • New English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment
    (PARCC assessment expected, computer based)
  • Colorado Summative Assessment of Science and Social Studies
  • New Alternate English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessment
  • CoAlt Science and Social Studies Assessment
  • Colorado ACT
  • ACCESS for ELLs