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.
The first round of field testing for the new science and social studies assessments, which included new item types, occured in April, 2013.
Fall field testing for elementary and middle schools is scheduled to begin September 16, 2013.
Field Testing for the grade 12 science and social studies assessments is scheduled to begin on October 28, 2013.
Proposed Implementation Timetable
|School Year||State Assessments|
|2013 - 2014|
|2014 - 2015|