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About The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) Tests



State Testing Information for Delaware

Portions of the following material were taken from the Delaware Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests

The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

  • To serve as a measure of progress toward the Delaware Content Standards
  • To ensure students apply their academic skills to realistic, everyday problems
  • To promote better instruction and curriculum by providing timely reports of students’ strengths and weaknesses
  • To serve as a primary indicator in the statewide accountability system


Assessment Information

The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)
  • Grades: 2-10
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
  • Delaware's state assessments are delivered online

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • Grades: 4, 8, 12
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Reading, Science
  • The only nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in core subjects
  • Results can be used to compare student performance across the country because portions of the same assessment are given to students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Reports on results for groups of students, rather than for individual students or schools


Test Descriptions

The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)
  • Reading
    • Assessed using literature that informs, entertains or explains how to perform a task
    • Students are asked to read passages and then demonstrate their ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret what they have read by answering multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions.
       
  • Mathematics
    • Assesses a student’s ability to grasp key concepts and solve realistic problems
    • Multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions are used to assess students’ conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, and knowledge of mathematical processes across core areas such as computation, measurement, algebra, and geometry.
       
  • Science
    • Assesses a student’s ability to grasp key scientific principles and solve realistic problems
    • Multiple choice questions and short answer questions are used to assess students’ conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, and knowledge of scientific principles across core areas such as ecology, diversity of living things, life processes, dynamic systems, space, energy, properties of materials, and the nature and application of science and technology.
    • Focused on reasoning and analysis
       

  • Social Studies
    • Assesses a student’s ability to grasp key concepts and apply this knowledge to everyday living within a diverse world, and within a democratic system
    • Multiple choice questions and short answer questions are used to assess students’ conceptual knowledge and analytical abilities across core areas such as civics, economics, geography, and history.
    • Focused on reasoning and analysis across core areas


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