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Delaware Public Higher Education Institutions

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place

All three public institutions agreed to accept the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) to exempt students from placement testing.

The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Agreement across public higher education institutions

When the policy was first adopted: 2015
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Joint agreement
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Vary after use of the SBAC

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Not applicable

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • english
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Smarter Balanced Assessment1
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes – SBAC

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Determined by SBAC

The placement process using these measures:

Students who score 3 or better on the tests’ 4-point scale now will be able to enroll in credit-bearing English and mathematics classes, as long as they meet certain other conditions, and can avoid taking costly remedial classes that do not count toward graduation. They also will not need to pass a separate placement exam. However, admitted students will still have the option to choose to take placement tests to qualify for credit bearing courses.

Multiple measures policy documents:
Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?
  1. In January 2016, Delaware transitioned to using the SAT instead of Smarter Balanced as the state assessment for 11th grade; however, students who took the Smarter Balanced assessment in 2015 can use it for placement: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2016/01/delaware_chooses_sat_over_smarter_balanced_for_high_school_tests.html