Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) information for Delaware parents, students and teachers

In a major step to transform the educational experience for Delaware students, school children across the state are now taking new tests that monitor students’ progress toward college and career readiness like never before! These tests are part of the DCAS or Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System.

DCAS replaces the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) and more accurately and more closely measures each student’s academic performance throughout the  course of the  year —not just at the end of the year— so that schools can quickly identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, then tailor instruction appropriately  for each student.  In fact, …

Live in Delaware? Have school-aged children? Wondering, what is DCAS?

In a better effort to track the progress of students in order to ensure readiness for college and careers, the Delaware Department of Education has replaced the DSTP with DCAS.This stands for Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System and it is being administered for the first time this current school year. The DCAS is much more rigorous than the DSTP, thereby raising standards to be met by the students.

The assessment was created with information obtained from individuals across the state, including education, business and community leaders as well as parents. The main goal is to give teachers a better idea of …

Delaware’s testing results are in

The Delaware Department of Education has published the results of DSTP testing for 2010. Information released for grades 2-10 show that many math scores stayed constant or improved.

The outlook for reading is not so optimistic. Scores decreased for reading in almost every grade.

Here are the results of students meeting or exceeding standards, along with the comparison to 2009:

Mathematics

  • Grade 2—88%, up one point
  • Grade 3—78%, no change
  • Grade 4—78%, up one point
  • Grade 5—76%, down one point
  • Grade 6—73%, down two points
  • Grade 7—70%, down one point
  • Grade 8—68%, up two points
  • Grade 9—54%, down one point

In Delaware, standardized testing time is close at hand. Tips and tricks for success!

testingIf your child attends a Delaware public school or parochial elementary school, chances are that annual testing is right around the corner. DSTP and Terranova standardized tests are often administered in March of each year. For some, the thought of these types of tests can raise feelings of anxiety, apprehension and fear. Here are some suggestions for putting these concerns at bay and raising confidence and self-esteem instead.

Ask for Relaxation Tips-If your child gets anxious about testing, ask the teacher for some relaxation tips.

Assure Student is in School-Don’t plan doctor or other appointments during the test dates unless …

Our top tips for taking standardized tests

Chances are good that your child will be taking one form or another standardized test during the school year. Whether it be DSTP, Terra-Nova, SATs, or general placement tests, this situation is bound to arise at least once. Here are some tips to help your child get ready.

If your child seems nervous or anxious, ask the teacher for some relaxation tips or implement some that you already know.

Try not to plan any appointments on testing days and make sure your child is present. Having to deal with make up dates can be stressful.

Tell your child to listen …