The state assessment that will replace the Delaware Student Testing Program should show student growth, require less testing time and give immediate, diagnostic feedback to help teachers adjust their instruction to meet students' needs, a new report based on a two-year pilot project recommends.

Such a test "allows the educational system to be more responsive to kids," said Nancy Doorey, coordinator of the Delaware Statewide Academic Growth Assessment Pilot.

The pilot, established to investigate alternatives to the current statewide standardized test, included more than 30,000 students across four districts and charter schools in grades 2 to 10. They were tested three times...

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