DeSSA (reading) by grade and income level 2019/20 to current in Delaware

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Why This Indicator Matters

We need to be sure that future leaders have the skills required to tackle the problems of tomorrow. Future success in life is directly related to a person's breadth of knowledge and ability to think, learn and communicate. Education plays a primary role in equipping young people with the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences for achievement. School testing programs, such as math and reading assessments, are tools to measure student academic achievement. Just as we need many different gauges, windows and mirrors as drivers, education needs a dashboard approach to assessment to provide multiple ways of monitoring and improving.
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Students meeting the standard

S means this value was suppressed to protect individual student privacy. For more information about the Delaware Department of Education's redaction strategy, please go to http://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3024

Data Source: Delaware Department of Education

Footnotes: In the 2014-15 school year, Delaware’s assessment program was renamed the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). DeSSA assessments include Smarter English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics assessments, also known as Smarter Balanced Assessments.

-          2020 Testing Waiver Granted Due to social distancing and remote learning which was instituted during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delaware schools were granted a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education that excused all students from statewide standardized testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year.

-          2021 Testing Results Not Comparable The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to reshape most aspects of education in the 2020-2021 school year, including assessments. As a result, scores from this year’s assessments may look different than in previous school years. Factors such as learning location changes, absenteeism, and student participation rates may have impacted school and district results. The many factors and challenges experienced during the pandemic do not allow for direct comparisons of school level scores to previous year’s results. Instead, it is recommended that 2021 assessment results be used in combination with other data sources as a baseline for evaluating school recovery needs and accelerated learning plans for students.

Data last updated 01/2022