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 Common Core 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.
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
Provides student Smarter scores, claim- and target-level data, and more.
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 Department of Education Revised Writing Rubrics for use with stand-alone and text-based writing. The rubrics are fully aligned to the ELA Common Core 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: CCSS Writing and the Delaware Writing Rubrics (Elementary) 101 [Course #24580]
- ELA/Literacy: CCSS Writing and the Delaware Writing Rubrics (Secondary) 101 [Course #24595]
For more information on ELA assessments in Delaware, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.