Colorado’s annual exams have a new name – TCAP instead of CSAP – but the results remained largely the same for 2012, results released Aug. 8 show.
Nearly 70 percent of the state’s students are reading at grade level, a slight increase over 2011. About 56 percent are proficient or above in math, essentially flat over last year. Fewer students – or 54 percent – are writing at grade level, a marginal decline. Science scores are slightly up, with 49 percent of students achieving proficiency.
The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program replaced the Colorado Student Assessment Program this past spring as educators and students transition to new state academic standards.
These results are a performance “snapshot” on a given day or days. To see how schools are progressing over time, check the EdNews database showing 2012 academic growth numbers.
Read this EdNews story for more on the 2012 TCAP results. This database shows results for 2008 – 2012:
- The database allows for multiple selections of districts, schools, subjects and grades. For example, to see more than one school in a district, click on the district name, press “Ctrl” (for PC users) or “Cmd” (for Mac users) and then select as many school names as you’d like. Similarly, you can click on multiple grades and subjects for the same school.
- You need not click an item in each box to complete a search. Clicking on Denver and Abraham Lincoln High School, for example, will bring up results for all grades and subjects for the school.
- Want to compare a school or district to the statewide average? Click in the “School district” name box and scroll down to “State totals.”
- To see districtwide averages, click on a school district’s name and then scroll down to “District averages” in the school name box.
- To rank search results, click on a column heading. For example, if you’re looking at several schools and want to easily see which had the highest proficiency rate in 2012, click on the column heading “% Proficient and Advanced 2012.” Click once and it sorts lowest to highest – click twice to see highest to lowest.
- Clicking the “Details” button brings up more information about the 2012 TCAP scores.
- Only schools with at least 16 students receiving TCAP scores are included; the state withholds data for fewer students to protect their privacy. If you cannot find a school or you see zeros in your school’s history, that typically means not enough students took the exams that year to disclose results. It may also mean the school is new and did not have students in that particular grade that year.
- Results of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program come in four levels – “unsatisfactory” is the lowest level, then “partially proficient,” followed by “proficient” and then “advanced,” the highest level. Typically, a student scoring proficient or advanced is considered to be performing at or above grade level.
- Results of the Spanish-language exams, Lectura and Escritura, are included in the database. They are given in grades 3 and 4 only.
- Poverty rate refers to the number of students in a school or district who are eligible for federal meal assistance. It is a widely used indicator of student poverty.
- Visit the Colorado Department of Education’s TCAP/CSAP results page for 2012 and prior scores, plus analyses of performance by ethnicity, gender and poverty.
- Can’t find a school? Think your school data is in error? Email us at EdNews@EdNewsColorado.org and we’ll check it out.