Many Colorado parents and educators are
familiar with the CSAP, the Colorado Student
Assessment program. As schools transition
their curricula to reflect the new Colorado
Academic Standards, a transitional version of
the state assessment called the Transitional
Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) has
been adopted. The TCAP is similar to the
CSAP in all respects, except that it no longer
assesses many academic standards that are
not part of the new, Colorado Academic Standards.
The purpose of the TCAP is to:
1. To determine levels of student achievement
in the Colorado Model
2. To measure the progress of Colorado
students over time.
3. To add to a body of evidence to
determine third grade students’ literacy.
TCAP Assessment Frameworks define what
will be assessed and the TCAP FACT Sheets
provide information on test construction. They
can be found on the CDE website at: