But because of the more in-depth approach, scores are expected to plummet on the new test.
Fewer than half and, in some cases, barely a third of students are expected to score well enough to be considered proficient. On the previous assessment, the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, about 70 percent of students met that bar.
The end-of-the-year test also will take longer than DCAS.
For elementary students, the English portion could take four hours, and the math section could take three hours. For middle school students, the test could take seven and a half hours, while juniors might need eight and a half hours – about twice as long as the SAT or ACT college-entrance exams.
Debbie and Greg, two Republicans who claim they are against the overreaching arms of the federal government yet both supported House Bill # 334 and Governor Markell’s wrongheaded education agenda. And as a bonus Hudson abandoned her own House Bill #23 that would require all school board to record the public session of their board meetings. Shame on you Debbie and Greg! Mushrooms grow better in the dark and that’s where Debbie wants to keep parents!
State education leaders say Common Core is a necessary step to “raising the bar” so Delaware’s students can compete with kids from countries with the most elite educational systems in the world. And Smarter Balanced is the way to figure out how close students are to vaulting over that higher bar.