Delaware will lead the nation in changing the way students are assessed in science. Science requires one to integrate content knowledge with application, yet students often are assessed on state tests primarily on their factual knowledge. As the First State eyes a new science assessment, Delaware educators are using this as an opportunity to revamp how the state measures students’ science mastery. The next generation of tests will go beyond multiple choice and short answer assessments to include hybrid models where students manipulate materials and data offline then provide responses on a computerized platform. “Educators in the field have led the call for this change and innovation,” Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said. “The leadership of the Science Coalition – which unifies educators, district and charter leaders, and representatives from the higher education and business communities – has been key to the development of the state’s plan.”
School-level SAT results released today show about half of the high schools in the state meeting or exceeding the state average in evidence-based reading and writing as well as mathematics. In July, the state released preliminary statewide results showing 53 percent of students met the proposed proficiency benchmark for reading/writing while 31 percent did so in mathematics. The release of today’s final results, which followed the approval of cut scores by the State Board of Education, include school-level scores. Delaware has provided the SAT to all public high school juniors during the school day since 2011. This year marked the first time the SAT also served as the state’s high school accountability test, replacing the Smarter Assessment used for this purpose last year.
New state assessment results released today show strong gains made by schools across the state. Last month, the Delaware Department of Education released preliminary 2016 state and district- and charter-level Smarter Assessment results for grades 3-8 and social studies and science results for tested grades. The state released final results, including building-level scores today.
DOE Regulation Review Public Hearings
In accordance with Title 29 of Delaware Code, §10407, the Department of Education seeks public input on its regulations which are four years or older to determine if they should be modified or eliminated. A list of regulations being reviewed is available here.
To submit public comment for any of the regulations being reviewed, please submit an Online Comment Submission Form by October 1, 2016 or attend one of the Department of Education’s public hearings where comments will be received:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Department of Education
Townsend Building - Cabinet Room
401 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Dover, DE 19901
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Delaware Department of Transportation
South District Office – Large Conference Room
23697 Dupont Boulevard
Georgetown, DE 19947
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New Castle County Government Offices
James H. Gilliam Building – Gilliam Multipurpose Room
77 Read's Way
New Castle, DE 19720
Note: Copies of individual regulations will not be made available at public hearings. Public comments will be received and recorded. Paper copy comment forms will be available at the public hearings for those without computer access.
Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities final report
We are pleased to post the final report of the Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities. This project was a collaboration between the Department and State Board of Education. This final report was presented at the December 17th State Board of Education meeting. Check out the interactive map here.