Replacement test for CSAP likely to cover more grades

Colorado Board of Education members adopted a list of attributes Monday that the board would like to see in a statewide standardized test to replace the Colorado Student Assessment Program.

Attributes of the new testing system had to be adopted by Dec. 15 in order to comply with the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids bill passed by the state Legislature in 2008.

When a new standardized test will debut is uncertain. The state had hoped to spend federal Race to the Top funds on developing an assessment, but Colorado missed the cut to receive any money from that program.

The Colorado Departments of Education and Higher Education researched attributes for more than a year. Their goal is to help the test match curriculum guidelines adopted by the state last year and help formulate an exam that would test how well students are prepared for college or work post-high school.

Monday’s adoption of attributes includes some similarities and some changes from the current system.


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