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State Education Test Scores Described as “Dangerous” with Disastrous Results

The Delaware Department of Education released scores for the state's 2022 exam on Tuesday.

The Delaware Department of Education released scores for the state’s 2022 exam on Tuesday.

Delaware’s 2022 test scores, released Tuesday, aren’t great.

Only 3 in 10 Delaware students in grades 3 through 8 met grade-level math requirements, and only 42% achieved sufficient scores in the English language subject.

These scores come from the state-administered Smarter Balanced Assessment. This is an end-of-year summative test that measures a student’s math and reading skills in grades 3 through her 8th.

Due to the pandemic, 2020 testing has become optional, and educators have expressed concerns about the value and accuracy of the 2020 and 2021 data.

compared to 2019Last year, with a full and complete dataset, Delaware’s reading and math scores plummeted further, already ranking in the bottom half of the country.

“This is a crisis and there is no other way around it. First State Educate, is a local educational advocacy group. “

The Department of Education also released state SAT scores on Tuesday. Scores have also dropped, but not as much as the Smart Balanced test.

Test score release

In 2019, 48% of students scored well on the evidence-based reading and writing portion, 28% performed well on the math test, and 42% reached that score on the essay portion.

By 2022, evidence-based reading and writing will be 47%, mathematics 24%, and essays 38%.

“We used these test results as baselines for recovery,” said Teresa Bennett, director of the Department of Education’s Evaluation Office.

You will still get a below par score if you are above $600 million allocated for education in Delaware for pandemic relief.

“We’ve never had more resources in public education in Delaware than we have right now,” Secretary of Education Mark Hollodick said at a town hall meeting in the Brandywine School District on Monday. With unprecedented resources, we are in a great position to do great things for our children.”

Liz Parlett Butcher, communications director at First State Educate, says the scores look even worse when broken down by ethnicity, income, and special needs.

The score has four levels of achievement. 1 means the student does not meet the standard, 2 indicates the student almost meets the standard, 3 means the student meets the standard, and 4 means the student “exceeds the standard.” It means that

Test scores are categorized into these four achievement levels.

Test scores are categorized into these four achievement levels.

vulnerable students struggling

In the 2022 Smarter Balanced Assessment English subject, 69% of students with disabilities fell to Achievement Level 1, 50% of low-income students and 56% of English learners fell to Achievement Level 1.

For the math part of the test, it’s even worse: 76% of students with disabilities scored at the first achievement level, 61% of low-income students and 62% of English learners did.

Three subgroups struggled more on the SAT.

In the evidence-based reading and writing part, just 3% of English learners do the same, as do 8% of students with disabilities and 29% of low-income students.

SAT math scores are even lower.

Only 1% of English learners, 2% of students with disabilities, and 10% of low-income students scored well in the math portion of the SAT.

In the essay portion, 3% of English learners, 5% of students with disabilities, and 21% of low-income students achieved proficiency scores.

Differences in test scores by race

Broken down by race, 47% of black students achieved the lowest performance level on the English language arts test, as did 41% of Hispanic students, compared to only 23 white students in that category. % was.

In mathematics, 60% of blacks were at the lowest level of achievement, as were 51% of Hispanics. In contrast, his 29% of white students landed here.

Discrepancies in scores due to different ethnic backgrounds are also reflected in SAT scores.

On the evidence-based SAT reading and writing portion, 30% of black students and 32% of Hispanic students achieved satisfactory scores compared to 61% of white students.

In mathematics, 34% of white students improved their proficiency, but only 10% of blacks and 13% of Hispanics did the same.

Social Studies and Science test scores are taken at three points for a student’s career in Delaware.

Social studies tests are taken in grades 4, 7, and 11, science tests are taken in grades 5 and 8, and whenever biology is taken in high school.

As with reading, math, and SAT scores, blacks and Hispanics overall scored lower than whites, and students with disabilities, English learners, and low-income students continued to struggle.

DOE’s Bennett said: “In 2019, he was in third grade, and I’m trying to take that context into consideration because third grade kids didn’t have the same experience as last year or the year before.”

Bennett said at this time, the Department of Education is only trying to digest the numbers before providing analysis.

“We really want to dig into this, so give us some time,” she said. is.”

Department of Education PowerPoint slides include a set of goals at the state, district, charter, and classroom levels.

At the state level, the department plans to identify systemic inequalities and determine the support and resources needed for student achievement.

At the district and charter levels, departments evaluate the successful implementation of curricula and instruction and determine the professional needs of teachers to support effective instruction.

The classroom is set up to identify strengths and areas of need while assessing students’ achievement of grade-level content.

Schools will get some help. Delaware’s 151st General Assembly passed several bills to implement an evidence-based reading curriculum known as The Science of Reading to address the state’s low literacy rate and poor test performance. passed. We also passed a number of bills to help put mental health counselors and more in schools.

First State Educate tells the reader, “Talk to school board members, school leaders, and community members today. “

“Take action together, ask about the $600 million federal relief fund, and what change you hope to see from the investments being made in your district. Ask for ways to share, understand and advocate.”

Click here to navigate the test scores open data portal.

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