Assessments for Science
Assessments are tools educators use to measure students’ academic achievement. Assessments should contain questions that require deep critical thinking and writing, rather than standard multiple-choice. Assessments are also meant as a means to allow educators to deepen their understanding of student progress from grade to grade, and to identify and address gaps in progress early.
State of Delaware Assessments
Delaware Assessment Information
Includes DCAS reports, accountability information, assessment tools and more.
Includes information that allows educators to check student progress throughout the year, inform instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.
Delaware Science Coalition Unit Assessments
Offers rubrics for writing-based assessments in science and technical subjects.
- Informational and Explanatory Text-Based Writing
- Argumentation in Text-Based Writing
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.
Teaching Tools on Assessment
These briefs can be used for professional development or communications to parents and/or other stakeholders about NGSS assessment.
- STEM Teaching Tool - Informal Formative Assessment
- STEM Teaching Tool - 3D Formative Assessment
- STEM Teaching Tool - Formative Assessment of Argumentation
- STEM Teaching Tool - Designing 3D Assessment Items
- STEM Teaching Tool - Steps to Designing 3D Assessments
- STEM Teaching Tool - How to Assess Emerging Bilingual Students
- STEM Teaching Tool - Assessment System in 3D
- NGSS Task Formats
For more information on NGSS-aligned assessments in Delaware, contact the Office of Assessment at 302-735-4204.