A public-private partnership has launched a new education-focused website to inform Delawareans about the state’s new standards and assessments.
The site, www.DelExcels.org, was created through a partnership of the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware State Education Association, Delaware PTA and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.
“What we’ve heard from voices around Delaware is – we want to be better informed about what is happening specific to Delaware. This site aims to be a resource for anyone who is looking to learn more about Delaware’s implementation of the Common Core and transition to the Smarter assessments, which will replace the current DCAS test in the 2014-2015 school year,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.
DPTA President Terri Hodges added, “The primary idea behind the website was to provide an easy way for the partners to share information with a broader audience about the work underway in Delaware. It’s a great example of collaboration to create a resource that contains a wealth of information on the new standards and assessments for Delaware parents, teachers and citizens.”
The site features answers to common questions, video, presentations and links to a variety of resources, including practice tests for the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The site will continue to be built out in the coming months to add more information and resources.
The website was funded through a grant from the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network, a national nonpartisan network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education.