The Colorado Department of Education this week released the results of the 2014 Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, for reading, writing and math. The new results indicate that the percentage of Colorado students scoring proficient or above declined slightly across all three subjects, continuing a decade-long trend of relatively flat student achievement.
According to the new results, 68.9 percent of Colorado students in grades three through 10 were proficient in reading, down slightly from 69.5 percent in 2013. In math, 56.4 percent of students were proficient, declining from 56.7 percent in 2013. Proficiency levels were lowest in writing, where only 54.3 percent of Colorado students scored proficient or above, down from 55 percent in 2013. Additionally, the percentage of students who were making adequate yearly growth declined in each subject.
Equally as troubling, the gaps in achievement between children of color and non-Hispanic white children, as well as between low-income students and higher-income students, remained wide in 2014. In reading, for example, 80 percent of non-Hispanic white students scored proficient or above, compared to only 52 percent of Hispanic and black students. The new results do show, however, that proficiency rates have increased more quickly for English Language Learners than for other student groups during the past several years. For more detailed information on the 2014 TCAP results, click here to view a presentation by the Colorado Department of Education.
Administered to students in the spring of each year, the TCAP assesses how students are performing relative to grade level expectations. Beginning in 2015, the TCAP will be replaced by a new set of assessments aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards. The Children’s Campaign remains committed to ensuring that all Colorado students, no matter their background, have the support they need to master the reading, writing and math skills that will be critical to their future. -Photo: DPS