Assessments for Mathematics
Assessments are tools educators use to measure students’ understanding and application of content. Each year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 are assessed to monitor proficiency with content standards. Students in grades 3-8 take the Smarter Balanced end-of-year summative assessment. 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 SAT exam is administered to students in grade 11. This test is designed to measure college and career readiness, and serves as a measure many colleges use as a determination for admission.
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
Aligns to the Delaware Mathematics claims and assessment targets. Can be used to design classroom lessons and district assessments. In addition, serves as a guide in understanding the Smarter Mathematics reports.
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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.
For more information on Math assessments in Delaware, contact Office of Assessment at 302-735-4204.