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Del. Test Scores About Same as Last Year


LEWES, Del. - The Delaware Department of Education released the results of the 2014 Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, and there was little improvement from 2013.

For instance, on average, reading proficiency remained at 72%, while math went from 70% to 69%.  

According to the DDE, the plateau represents the implementation of a more rigorous common core curriculum.

Some parents however are not satisfied with these results.

"I'm extremely disappointed, although I'm not terribly surprised," Denise Robinson said. "I don't think we are putting enough money and resources into our schools, I think it's going elsewhere."

There were however schools and individuals that did stand out and show improvement from 2013. One notable school is Red Clay District's Lewis Dual Language School among others. Another is Cape Henlopen's Shield's Elementary.

According to Cape Henlopen Superintendent Robert Fulton, he is proud of his students, but said he doesn't necessarily focus on how his school's do against other schools, rather how the district can continue improving.

"We always take the approach that we compare ourselves to ourselves, and the rest takes care of itself," Fulton said. "We work really hard to improve each and every year and typically when you do that you do well compared to other districts as well."

This however was the last year for the DCAS. The "Smarter Balanced Assessment" will debut in 2015 to go along with the Common Core.

Fulton said even with good scores, schools should pinpoint their weak spots to prepare.

"You have to really understand what's going on then look at another school who is performing well with that same group, that's what we try to do, compare ourselves to similar schools or similar groups and then use some of those strategies in our own schools or from other schools and take their ideas and try to improve what we're doing," he explained.

That is also what the DDE hopes, that districts look at schools like Shield's to avoid plateauing another year in a row. Some have even already started practicing for next year's test.

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