Online Standardized Tests Come to Colorado
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Now that school is in full swing, students will soon see that there has been a change in the way the state will be testing them.
The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, also known as TCAP, will now be called the Colorado Summative Assessment and as a pilot program, these standardized tests will be moving online this year.
Officials are planning to test this way, statewide by 2015.
School District 51 officials say it will be beneficial to students because most of them are comfortable on the computer, providing a better test taking experience than with a paper and pen.
“Everything is really online for the students of today,” said Cheri Taylor, director of Academic Achievement and Elementary Schools. “So this is the states way of keeping up with the direction that everything is going. The online assessments just make sense for students of today.”
Officials say another benefit to the online testing is faster results and a more level of standardization across the state for student assessment.
The following courses will be tested online:
5th and 8th graders in Science
4th and 7th graders in Social Studies
4th and 12th graders in Science and Social Studies (Fall 2014)