• Curriculum and Instruction


    Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA)

    DOE DeSSA Updates

    With the new Delaware State Standards, students are working harder, thinking more critically, and applying their learning to the real world. To measure students' growth and achievement levels, educators from Smarter testing states have worked together to develop high-quality English and math assessments for students in grades 3-8 and high school.  

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness.  Delaware is a governing state in the consortia.

    SBAC assessments replace existing tests in English and math.  These tests are untimed, administered online, and offer significant improvements over tests of the past (DSTP and DCAS) by including writing at every tested grade, expanded accessibility features to meet the needs of all students, performance tasks that ask students to demonstrate an array of research, writing, listening, and problem solving skills.  SBAC is offered once per year in Grades 3-8. 

    SBAC Resources

    DeSSA Alternate Assessment

    Annual ACCESS for ELs/ Alternate ACCESS for ELs

    Delaware Next Generation Science Assessment

    • Grades 5, 8, and high school biology
    • DOE Updates on Delaware Next Generation Science Assessments

    Delaware Social Studies Assessment

    • Grades 4, 7, and 11
    • DOE Updates on Delaware Social Studies Assessment


    The Delaware Department of Education requires all juniors to take the SAT.  The SAT is aligned to the Delaware State Standards and replaced the Smarter Grade 11 tests. There is no cost for the test administration.



    For more information on the PSAT, please go to this link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores.html


    If you have general questions about the assessments, please feel free to contact the CRSD District Coordinator, Barbara Miklus, Supervisor of Instruction, at (302) 698-4800 or by emailing barbara.miklus@cr.k12.de.us.