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Delaware Standardized Test Scores Are Down

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DOVER, Del. (AP)- A year after Delaware students made double-digit gains, this year's standardized test scores plateaued or fell slightly.
State education officials unveiled Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System results Thursday. All public school students take the computerized test in 3rd through 10th grades.
Officials say 72 percent of students tested proficient in reading and 70 percent tested proficient in math. That's a drop from last year when 73 percent of students tested proficient in reading and math. Last year's scored were a sharp increase over 2011, when 61 percent of students tested proficient in reading and 62 percent in math. Science scores have held steady at about 42 percent, while social studies scores rose slightly.
Some officials interpreted the new scores as sustaining last year's gains and other were disappointed.
"Personally, I wouldn't expect a 10 percent jump, then to see us just flatten out," said state Board of Education President Teri Quinn Gray. "We've got a ways to go."
However, may have been an adjustment to the new testing system.
"My expectation wasn't that we were going to see that kind of growth again," said board member Pat Heffernan. "My sense last year was that was a result of testing. But I do think there's an opportunity for us to grow more here."
Brian Touchette, director of the Delaware Department of Education's Accountability Resources, said he wasn't sure yet if the 3 percent drop in math proficiency was "statistically significant."
This is the third year the DCAS has been administered. The state plans to change again in the next two years to a test aligned with the Common Core standards.
Parents should soon receive a report explaining their students' scores.

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