Next school year your child will participate in state assessments that provide your child’s teachers and you with information about how your child is progressing. This helps educators know how to best support your child to ensure your child is ready for the next grade level and, ultimately, success in life. The tests are one of several indicators in combination with report cards, teacher feedback and classroom work, that create a complete picture of a student’s progress in school.
For English language arts and mathematics, students in grades 3 to 8 take the Smarter Assessment. Educators from Delaware and around the country helped create and improve the test by writing questions and reviewing the assessments for content, bias/sensitivity, and accessibility. These online, adaptive tests are designed so that students, including those who are learning English or have special needs, can demonstrate what they know and can do. The portions of the Smarter tests that call for written responses are hand-scored individually by people who have expertise in the subject matter and are trained to judge them objectively. Your child’s teacher receives results in about three weeks after students take the assessment. Family reports are mailed home statewide over the summer.
In science, students in grades 5 and 8 take the DeSSA Next Generation Science Assessment. This assessment asks students to demonstrate their progress toward mastery of the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS. Delaware redesigned its social studies assessments for grades 4, 6, and 8. The assessment will be administered in the fall, winter, and spring. Students in Grade 11 will demonstrate their progress towards mastery in Social Studies on one assessment in the spring. The Social Studies assessment aligns to Delaware’s Social Studies Standards and the Delaware State Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies.
All assessments will be online and offer significant improvements over the state’s previous testing. The traditional multiple-choice format is replaced by questions that challenge students to come up with their own answers, show their work and explain their thinking. The assessments include real-life performance tasks requiring your child to apply knowledge and skills across multiple content standards to increase critical thinking abilities. The tests are connected to classroom instruction, matching the skills and content students are learning and practicing in the classroom daily. In essence, they test what is being taught. For parent resources about these assessments, please visit the Delaware Department of Education’s assessment website found here: https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3814.
On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law. Section 1112(e)(2) of ESSA states that parents and families of students in Title I schools have a right to know about state or district policies regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by ESSA, including any policy, procedure, or parental right to opt students out of such assessments. If you would like to receive information about this topic, please contact me, either by phone at 302-422-1600, or in an email to email@example.com.
Bridget Amory, Ed.D
Director of Student Learning
DE Department of Education Assessment Page: Assessment Calendar for current school year, related information and key points for all assessments, general overview and resources.
For specific information about the different types of assessments, please click the links below:
- ELA Assessment : Taken once in the spring in grades 3-8
- Math Assessment: Taken once in the spring in grades 3-8
- Science Assessment: Taken once in the spring in grades 5, 8 and high school students enrolled in Biology
- Social Studies Assessment: Taken once in the spring in grade 11, Taken in the fall, winter, and spring in grades 4, 6, and 8
- SAT School Day: Taken once in March in grade 11
- Alternate Assessment: For students with significant cognitive disabilities; taken in the fall, winter, and spring in grades 3-8, 11 (ELA, math) and grades 5, 8 (science) and grade 10 (biology)
- English Language Proficiency Assessment: For students identified as MultiLanguage Learners (MLLs) taken once in grades K-12
- National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Conducted by US Department of Education for students in grades 4 and 8
If you have any questions about the assessments your student will be participating in, please contact the school test coordinator listed below:
Morris Early Childhood Center: Jennifer Hallman – Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School: Laurie Moorman – Assistant Principal – email@example.com
Lulu Ross Elementary School: Kimberly Webb – Assistant Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mispillion Elementary School: Nancy Carter – Assistant Principal – email@example.com
Milford Central Academy: Brandy Cooper – Assistant Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
Milford High School: Rene Diaz – Assistant Principal – email@example.com