Company named for Delaware’s new testing program

    Starting next school year the DSTP will be left behind. In its place will be a computer-based system. The winning company has been announced.

    The controversial Delaware Student Testing Program officially has a successor.

    A Washington, D.C.-based company has won a five-year, $24.6 million contract to develop Delaware’s new assessment system for public school students.

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    American Institutes for Research will develop and pilot a new statewide assessment system for students in grades two to 10. The Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System is a computer-adaptive growth-model test that will replace the 12-year-old DSTP by next school year.

    To keep the state in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind act, the reading and math portions of the test will be administered to 2nd through 8th graders in March, and the science and social studies portions to 8th and 11th graders in May.

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