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Smarter Balanced scores due in September

Delaware Public Media

Teachers, parents, and, of course, students themselves will get their first look at results from Delaware’s first year using the Smarter Balanced Assessment early next month.



Tied to the Common Core State Standards, school districts across the state administered the lengthy Smarter Balanced tests in math and reading this past spring.


In past years, state officials released test scores before the school year began, but they say more time was needed to grade the more-involved test.


Regarded as more rigorous than previous tests like the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, critics and supporters of the test expect proficiency scores to initially drop.


State Education Department officials have been meeting with legislators, parent groups and districts recently to walk them through how to interpret the scores.


Basic, overall results will be made public Sept. 2, with more comprehensive data to come later that month.

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