Dover, Del.–May 31, 2006Delaware Department of Education (DOE) staff found unusual patterns with the Grade 6 writing responses for this year’s Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP).The patterns revealed inconsistencies between the responses from the field test and the responses from the actual testing situation.DOE has requested that Harcourt Assessment, Inc., the vendor for the DSTP, validate the grade 6 responses for the writing portion of the DSTP.This is not a scoring error on the part of Harcourt but a misalignment between the field test and the actual test.
DOE conducts quality assurance checks every year in all content areas so that schools and families can be assured of the accuracy of test results.
Because the validation is currently underway, the grade 6 writing results will not be released along with all other individual student scores today.Individual student results in reading and mathematics for grades 2 through 10 and writing for grades 3 through 10, except for grade 6, are being made available to school staff in the password protected on-line reports today.
A letter from the Secretary of Education has been made available to all schools affected by this situation so that families can be informed.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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