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Scores Up in Delaware Statewide Testing | Delaware State News
Students across nearly every district in Delaware showed improvements on the states’ Smarter Balanced Assessment over the previous year. This is the second year in which Delaware administered the exam for students in grades 3-8. The State Department of Education reports proficiency levels increased by two to five percentage points in most grade levels in both math and English language arts. “The hard work that our students and administrators have been doing is really paying off,” said Michael Watson, chief academic officer. “It’s been very exciting for all of us to think about how we’re going to be able to use this to benefit our students,” says Brandy Cooper, a sixth-grade teacher. “States are finally measuring to levels that reflect what students need to know and be able to do to succeed in college or a career,” Karen Nussle wrote last fall. “For parents and educators, that should come as a welcome change.”

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Correcting the Record:

Las Vegas Review Journal, “Common Core: Totally Unprepared, Full Speed Ahead”: Glenn Cook, senior editorial writer for the paper, acknowledges that Common Core State Standards are “not a federal curriculum” and “subject to state and local control,” but says schools are “clearly not prepared” to implement the standards.

Where They Went Wrong: Cook’s analysis ignores educators’ ongoing work to develop material and curricula aligned to Common Core State Standards. A study last fall found that in roughly two-thirds of districts in Common Core states, teachers have developed or are developing their own curricular materials in math and English Language Arts.

The Saratogian, “Region’s Catholic Schools Step Back from Common Core”: At an October 2 news conference, officials from the diocesan Catholic Schools Office in Albany, NY, announced Catholic schools in the region will “step back” from using assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Where They Went Wrong: The article suggests that New York’s Catholic schools have stepped back from the Common Core, but in fact school officials reiterated the strength of the standards. In reality, the schools have decided to utilize the current state exams as a form of grade span testing and move toward the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for all students on a yearly basis.