• State ELA and Math (Smarter) and Science and Social Studies tests (including DeSSA-Alt) have been canceled due to school closures related to COVID-19

Grade Specific Assessment Information


Delaware System of Student Assessment (DESSA)

  • Smarter testing is given in reading and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 during the spring. DeSSA is given in science (grades 5, 8, and High School Biology) and social studies (grades 4, 7, 11). Grade 11 students take SAT during the school-day as their state test.  DCAS Alt-1 remains the alternative test for students with severe cognitive disabilities. English Language Learners take ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) until demonstrating proficiency in English.  In addition, in Red Clay students in grades 8, 9, and 10 take the PSAT.  Red Clay is committed to secure test administration; parents with any concerns about appropriate testing practices should notify the building administrator.


    Test windows for state and national tests in the 2019-2020 school year:

    February 3 - March 20

    ACCESS (for English Language Learners)

    March 4  

    SAT School Day (grade 11), PSAT (grade 10)

    PSAT (grades 8 & 9)


     Smarter ELA & Mathematics (grades 3 – 8)
     DeSSA Science (grades 5, 8, High School Biology)
     DeSSA Social Studies (grades 4, 7, 11)
     DeSSA Alt-1 (Reading and Mathematics grades 3-8, 11; Science grades 5, 8, 10)