Delaware System of Student Assessment (DeSSA)
Welcome to the State of Delaware Assessment website. This site is maintained by Delaware's Office of Assessment workgroup and provides information and resources about the Delaware System of Student Assessment (DeSSA).
Assessment is an integral part of the instructional cycle and fulfills several purposes for educators, students, parents, policy makers, and community members. Assessments administered at the state, district/charter, and school levels combine to form a system of assessments with the goal of supporting student growth.
Our goal is to assist districts and charter schools throughout Delaware in their mission to prepare students for their college and career goals after high-school.DeSSA Assessments
Delaware Adminsters the following AssessmentsBalanced Assessment System (BAS) Series - Courses for all State AssessmentsGeneral OverviewWhile the Delaware content standards provide clear expectations for student learning, assessment is the process for collecting evidence of every learner's knowledge, skills, competencies, or behaviors. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes the need for each state to offer students a balanced Assessment Serie System (BAS). Delaware's balanced system of assessments allows educators and students to measure learning not just each spring during statewide testing, but throughout the year to inform ongoing instruction as well.
DeSSA offers students, families and educators multiple types of assessments to measure student learning:
- Summative Assessments:
They are administered after the instructional material is taught to document student achievement. It also is a measure of a student's proficiency in a subject and/or against State standards. Nearly all DeSSA summative assessments occur each spring. Examples: Smarter ELA/math, Science, NAEP, SAT,...
- Interim Assessments:
They are general achievement measures to monitor progress toward end of year goals and identify students or curricular areas needing additional attention and the content covers full year's standards. Example: Smarter Balanced interims (ICAs and IABs)
Parent and Educator Resources
They are used for recently taught material (such as unit, chapter, semester tests) for grades and/or to monitor progress towards learning goals. The test content follows the district, school, and/or classroom curriculum pacing.
- Delaware Assessment Calendar 2020-2021 * Revised 1/26/2021
- Requirement to Test Students on Statewide Assessments
- Delaware Statewide Administration Policy
- Delaware Statewide Participation Policy
- Delaware Test Administration Policy for ELs
- DeSSA Test Security Manual (posted 9-11-2020)
- DeSSA Assessments Descriptions and Testing Times
- DeSSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) * updated 1/19/2021
- NEW: 2021 Assessment Flexibility and Support *2/3/2021
- DeSSA Help Desks
- Contact information
- Summative Assessments: