Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Delaware's New Assessment System (DCAS)

This is the last year for the state test, DSTP. Replacing DSTP will be Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS). DCAS will be given on a computer. Students will have more than one opportunity to take the tests throughout the year. One benefit to online testing is that results are received immediately.

To prepare for the new state tests, Cab Calloway students will be taking field tests at selected times from April 26 – June 2. The purpose of field testing is to give the state feedback on test items. Students will not receive scores. Students will be testing in the following subjects:
· Reading- Grades 2-10
· Mathematics- Grades 2-10
· Social Studies- Grades 4 and 7
· Science- Grades 5, 8, and 10

During school, students will complete a tutorial and training test to practice online testing skills, such as using a mouse or keyboard and using online tools. Families can also try the tutorial and training test at To use the training test, a free Mozilla Firefox browser must be installed on the home computer. A link to download Mozilla Firefox is on the website with the training test. Please be aware that the training test is not grade-specific. Questions are grouped by elementary, middle, and high school levels. Therefore, some questions may be easier or more difficult based on the student’s actual grade.

For more information on DCAS visit the State’s website at the link above or the District’s website at

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