CSAP tests to be reviewed
September 14, 2007
DENVER ” The Colorado Student Assessment Program test given to the state’s school children each year will be reviewed under a plan to help school districts improve student performance and narrow achievement gaps.
“We do believe that after 13 years it’s time for us to take a look at what students need to know and be able to do,” Colorado Department of Education Commissioner Dwight Jones said Thursday.
The review will look at the state standards, put in place in 1994, and determine what students at each grade level should now in each subject, followed by a review of the CSAP tests.
Jones said he expects there will be changes in standards and testing.
Other parts of the plan to help districts improve performance include recognition for schools that undertake successful, systemic school reform, a retreat for school leaders to share innovative ideas, and scholarships for 100 top high school seniors who enroll in state colleges and universities and agree to teach in hard-to-staff teaching positions when they graduate.