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About the Delaware Smarter Balanced & DCAS

What is the Delaware Smarter Balanced & DCAS?


The Delaware Smarter Balanced assessment testing is a comprehensive program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas. It is currently used for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. This replaces the DCAS testing, however, DCAS is still used for Science and Social Sciences.

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State Testing Information for Delaware

Portions of the following material were taken from the Department of Education website. Please consult your state's education website for further information on the actual tests administered for your school.


In the 2014-15 school year, Delaware’s assessment program was renamed the Delaware System
of Student Assessments (DeSSA). DeSSA assessments include Smarter English Language
Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics assessments, the Delaware Comprehensive Assessments
System (DCAS) Science and Social Studies assessments, End of Course (EOC) assessments (US
History, Algebra II and Integrated Math III) and the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment
System-Alt1 (DCAS-Alt1) for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies assessments
for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities, as well as some national
assessments. Together, the Smarter, DCAS, and DCAS-Alt 1 assessments satisfy the assessment
requirements of Title I of the United States Elementary and Secondary Education Act in these
areas.

The Smarter assessments are designed to measure the progress of Delaware students in
ELA/Literacy and Mathematics standards in grades 3-8, and 11. Spring
2015 represents the first year of implementation of the Smarter ELA/Literacy and Smarter
Mathematics assessments. These assessments require deeper thinking and application of real
world skills.

The Smarter ELA/Literacy assessments include:
 - Reading
 - Speaking and Listening
 - Writing
 - Research & Inquiry
The Smarter Mathematics assessments include:
 - Concepts & Procedures
 - Problem Solving and Models & Data Analysis
 - Communicating Reasoning

 


 
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