• Assessments for English and Language Arts (ELA)

    Assessments are tools educators use to measure students’ academic achievement. While Students in Delaware schools are assessed regularly through in-class tests and quizzes, the Delaware Department of Education requires districts and charters to administer an end-of-year summative assessment for English and Language Arts called the Smarter ELA test. This test judges student progress toward mastering the state's educational standards.

    Smarter assessments contain questions that require deeper critical thinking and writing, rather than standard multiple-choice. Smarter assessments allow educators to deepen their understanding of student progress from grade to grade, and identify and address gaps in progress early.

    The Smarter ELA

    • Asks students to read more complex fiction and non-fiction texts and use evidence from these texts to answer questions, make inferences, and present persuasive arguments
    • Emphasizes literacy across all subjects, not just English
    • Tests writing at every grade level.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment System

    Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college and career ready. Delaware is currently a governing state in the consortium.

    Smarter Balanced Assessment System

    Includes three components:

    • Summative Assessments to measure progress
    • Interim Assessments to support teaching and learning throughout the year
    • The Digital Library to support classroom-based formative assessment processes

     ELA Crosswalks

    Aligns to the Delaware ELA claims and assessment targets. Can be used to design classroom lessons and district assessments. In addition, serves as a guide in understanding the Smarter ELA reports.

    Grade 3 Crosswalk          Grade 4 Crosswalk          Grade 5 Crosswalk

    Grade 6 Crosswalk          Grade 7 Crosswalk          Grade 8 Crosswalk

    Assessment Examples 

    Smarter Sample Items website - A Preview of sample test questions similar to the ones used on Smarter Balanced assessments. Test questions are developed with extensive involvement by educators, including test question writing, reviewing for accuracy, and ensuring questions are fair for all test takers.

    Practice Items - Practice items are available for grades 3-8 and high school and utilizes the same testing software. Try out an English language arts/literacy or math test to learn how the test works, what’s expected of students, and what kind of questions are included on them.

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. NAEP results are based on representative samples of students at grades 4, 8, and 12 for the main assessments, or samples of students at ages 9, 13, or 17 years for the long-term assessments.


    Delaware Writing Rubrics

    Delaware Standards-aligned Writing Rubrics

    Delaware Department of Education Revised Writing Rubrics for use with stand-alone and text-based writing. The rubrics are fully aligned to the Delaware English Language Arts Standards by grade level and discourse. It is highly recommended that these rubrics be used for instruction and classroom assessment. For more information on how to use the rubrics, please see the Writing/Rubric Self-Paced eLearning courses .

    • ELA/Literacy: Writing Standards and the Delaware Writing Rubrics (Elementary & Secondary) 101 [Course #24580]


    For more information on ELA assessments in Delaware, contact Office of Assessment at 302-735-4204.

Last Modified on September 17, 2021