Thursday, December 24, 2009

DC Firm Gets $25M Contract For New Del. Assessment

DOVER, Del. (AP) ― 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.

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 Delaware Student Testing Program 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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