The State Board of Education voted in its monthly meeting Thursday night on Social Studies Student Assessment Performance Levels.
These are also referred to as “cut scores.”
Students can land in one of four achievement levels on the standardized tests.
Level 1: Students show minimum understanding and evidence of an inability to apply the fundamental skills and knowledge articulated in the Delaware Content Standards.
Level 2: Students show a partial or incomplete understanding of the fundamental skills and knowledge articulated in the Delaware Content Standards.
Level 3: Students show mastery and adequate understanding of the Delaware Content Standards at grade level.
Level 4: Students show mastery and thorough understanding of the Delaware Content Standards beyond what is expected at the grade level.
To read the state standards for social studies, click here.
Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, fifth grade students will have a social studies curriculum focused on economics and geography, while seventh graders will also learn economics as well as civics.
With a polarized political landscape and an abundance of media consumed online, state leaders have repeatedly said they want to ensure Delaware’s youth are informed citizens and are digitally literate to understand how to decode real and false information.
“Civic education is the bedrock for what makes an American citizen different from the rest of the world,” said Sen. Eric Buckson, R-Dover. “Civic education and understanding the rights and obligations Americans have is vital to maintaining the greatness that this country offers not just to its citizens but to those who seek to come to America.”
Here’s what the tests will focus on in the coming years:
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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