Reading scores are down, other results are mixed.
Delaware school children and parents call them the dreaded DSTP’s, but Delaware student test scores this year point to an on-going weakness for many students: reading. Dept. of Education officials blame the decline on fewer students being allowed to use the “read aloud” option. That’s where educators read the text to students who then answer questions.
The DSTP are the exams used to measure academic progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act. The tests will now be used as part of the funding for education reform under Delaware’s portion of the $119 million Race to the Top program. Low performing schools will get additional money in that program.
The lower test scores translate differently at differnt grade levels. 82% of second graders met or exceeded the federal standards in reading. That’s a 3% drop from last year, but it is even with performance from four years ago.
Fifth graders had a level of 81% of students meeting or exceeding the standard, a four percentage point decrease from 2009 and 2007. High school scores show those in 9th grade had a 69% standard rate, and that is a 5% drop point from 2009 and 2007. For 10th grade there was a 7% drop from the same point last year and 2007 to 64%.
Math scores were also released. They show results ranging from 54% of 10th graders meeting or exceeding state standards through 2nd graders who scored 88% of its students at a higher level.
The news wasn’t all bad around the state. Laurel, Woodbridge and Cape Henlopen districts scored high. The Poly Tech district in Kent County reported close to 90% of its 9th graders and 80% of 10th graders met or exceeded test averages.