Gov. John Carney released a statement on the preliminary results of the 2017 administration of the Smarter Balanced assessment announced July 27 by the Delaware Department of Education.

"With the help of educators across our state, more Delaware students are making real progress and are on the path to long-term success,” Carney said. “There are bright spots in this data, and many schools have made notable gains. It's clear that teachers and school leaders are making a real difference in the lives of kids across Delaware.

But the difficult truth remains that too many of our students in the city of Wilmington — our largest city and the economic and cultural engine of our state — are being left behind,” Carney said. “That is something that we cannot allow to continue. We must do more to help our most disadvantaged students — those affected by poverty, stress, and trauma. As I have already made clear, I will continue to engage with stakeholders across Wilmington and statewide, and I intend to take real action to address this issue."​