Standardized Test Prep in Delaware
Standardized testing varies by state, however many states, use the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which is aligned with Common Core State Standards. Delaware state testing is one of them.
Read on to learn more about Delaware’s student testing program, when they happen, and how to help your child prepare for them.
What State Tests Are Available in Delaware?
The Delaware student testing program measures learning each spring and throughout the year. There are multiple types of assessments currently in place to measure student learning.
Below are the standardized tests currently offered in the state of Delaware:
- DeSSA ELA and Math – This assessment consists of three components: summative assessments, interim assessments and formative assessment practices. For grades 3-8, this series of tests help determine students strengths and areas for growth on the state’s standards for math and ELA literacy.
- DeSSA Social Studies – Delaware public school students in grades 4, 7, and 11 are asked questions on civics, economics, geography and history. The tests are based on the state’s standards for social studies and are intended to create competent citizens with a basic understanding of democratic principles and structure.
- Delaware Next Generation Science Assessment – Delaware created the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013. Delaware public school students in grades 5, 8, and all high school biology students are given this assessment to measure each student’s understanding of basic scientific knowledge. Students must apply their knowledge of science to solve unique, real-life problems.
- Delaware Alternate Assessments – Students with significant cognitive disabilities are given alternate assessments in the following: English language arts/literacy, math, science, social studies. This assessment sets the expectations about what students with cognitive disabilities should know and be able to do.
In Delaware, students are not able to opt out of standardized testing. However, accommodations are available to assist children with test success, depending on their individual IEP.
When is Standardized Testing in Delaware?
Standardized testing dates in Delaware are provided online by the DDOE annually. For approximate dates around Delaware’s standardized testing, see below.
- DeSSA ELA and Math – Spring
- DeSSA Social Studies – Spring
- Delaware Next Generation Science Assessment – Testing is usually done in January and February.
- Delaware Alternate Assessments – Varies
Do Homeschoolers Have To Take Standardized Tests in Delaware?
Per Delaware homeschool laws, homeschoolers aren’t required to participate in standardized tests. While Delaware may not require standardized testing, many families choose to include normed testing as part of their homeschool portfolio.
Homeschoolers in Delaware do not have access to state assessments, however there are many private testing options available.
How Time4Learning Can Help With Delaware Test Prep
Helping your child prepare for Delaware standardized tests can be easy and affordable with Time4Learning. Our award-winning online curriculum provides extensive lessons covering math, social studies, science, language arts and more!
Below are a few reasons why students in Delaware are taking advantage of Time4Learning for test prep:
- Dozens of interactive game-based math activities provided by Time4MathFacts, help students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and boost test taking confidence.
- In grades 3-8, our lessons include state assessment simulations to help students prep for the real thing!
- Our language arts curriculum includes tons of online and offline materials to reinforce concepts previously learned and set the stage for higher level concepts.
- Building knowledge and understanding in social studies can take time, our social studies curriculum is a great supplement to prep students for DeSSA Social Studies in the long run.
- Science4Us is the perfect tool for elementary students preparing for their future NGSS test in grade 5!
- Our standards-based science curriculum offers learning activities to help students understand scientific methods and think critically about scientific concepts.
- The convenience of no strict schedules allow students to begin preparing for Delaware’s standardized tests at anytime — over the summer, on weekends, etc.
- As a Certified Autism Resource by IBCCES, students with special needs also benefit from Time4Learning.
Through preparation and practice, your child can achieve successful results when taking standardized tests in Delaware. In addition, skill-building programs like Time4Learning can prepare your child and build their confidence before they walk in the door.
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