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TCAP Parent Brochure
For More Information
Contact your school’s administration or your
school district’s Assessment Coordinator.
You can find contact information for District
Assessment Coordinators by visiting,
Does my child have to take the TCAP?
Per state law [22-7-409(1.2.a.1.d.I)], all students
fully enrolled in a Colorado public school
must take a state assessment at the appropriate
grade level and content areas. All students, regardless
of language background or ability, must
be provided the opportunity to demonstrate their
content knowledge on the TCAP or the CoAlt.
What is the CoAlt?

Will I receive my child’s assessment


Where can I get more information regarding

the TCAP?


Frequently Asked
Parent Brochure
Grades 3-10
Reading, Writing, and
Grades 5, 8 and 10
Grades 3-4
Lectura and Escritura
Colorado Department of Education
Unit of Assessment, Research and
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Transitional Colorado
Assessment Program


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
Content Standards.
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:


Released items give insight into the format
of TCAP test items. They can be found at:





Transitional Colorado

Assessment Program (TCAP)

Colorado Growth Model

Accommodations Revising Colorado’s

Standards and Assessments




The Colorado Growth Model measures the
academic progress of individual students. It
enables parents, schools, districts and the
state to understand how individual students
are progressing from year to year, and to
show opportunities for student growth.
For more information regarding the Colorado
Growth Model, please visit:
The Colorado Academic Standards were
recently revised to include early school
readiness and postsecondary competencies, as
well as to reflect both workforce readiness and
21st century skills. They were adopted by the
State Board of Education on December 10,
To access the revised Colorado Academic
Standards, please visit:
Frequently Asked Questions about standards
implementation are answered at:
In addition to the updated state content
standards, the department is currently developing
a new state assessment system currently
scheduled to be implemented during the 2013-
2014 school year. This new system will reflect
the expectations of the updated standards and
the requirements of CAP4K (Colorado Achievement
Plan for Kids).
Until the new state assessment system is in
place, the TCAP will still be aligned to the previous
Colorado Model Content Standards AND will
be given to Colorado students during the 2011-
2012 and 2012-2013 academic school years.
For more information regarding the current
state assessment revision process, please visit:
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