Delaware students across the board are performing better in mathematics and English language arts, according to preliminary 2016 state test results for grades 3 to 8 released today. The gains are in almost every grade and subject and across almost every student demographic, including students with disabilities, English learners, students from low-income families and those of most racial and ethnic subgroups. Students reaching proficiency levels increased by 2 to 5 percentage points in nearly all grade levels in both subjects. “We are pleased with the progress and look forward to continuing gains,” Governor Jack Markell said. “This progress reflects hard work by children and educators to meet higher standards as we aim to ensure every student is prepared for success in the next grade and, ultimately, after graduation. We know a lot more must be done to reach our goal and that means reaffirming our commitment to giving all students, and their teachers, the support they need to reach their potential.” This is the second year Delaware administered the Smarter Assessment. Statewide, nearly 55 percent of students in third through eighth grades were proficient or better in English language arts this year compared to 52 percent in 2015 for the same grades. In math, almost 44 percent scored at the proficient level or higher, up from 41 percent in 2015.
A Delaware business’ $100,000 donation will allow 200 science teachers from across the state to continue in a leadership and professional learning program. LabWare’s donation will allow the NextGen Teacher Leader project to extend into a third year. Governor Jack Markell thanked Vance Kershner, president and CEO of LabWare, a Delaware-based laboratory informatics company, for his company’s continued support.
The Delaware Department of Education will be holding three public hearings in August to collect public comment on certain regulations. In accordance with HB 147 of the 148th General Assembly, the Delaware Department of Education seeks public input on education-related regulations that are four years or older to determine if they should be modified or eliminated.
Application for Title I, 1003(g) School Improvement Grant Funds and Waiver Requests
On May 27, 2016, an application for Title I, 1003(g) School Improvement Grant funds was submitted to the US Department of Education. The State requests the following waivers for this application:
This public notice is intended to seek comments on this request, which the Delaware Department of Education will accept through August 15, 2016. All comments received on the request will be forwarded to the US Department of Education through August 15, 2016.
Public comment regarding the waiver requests mentioned above can be submitted to:
Eric Niebrzydowski, Office of School Supports - Teacher & Leader Effectiveness, Delaware Department of Education, Telephone (302) 735-4023; FAX: (302) 739-2388; Email: Eric.Niebrzydowski@doe.k12.de.us.
DOE Regulation Review Public Hearings
In accordance with Title 29 of Delaware Code, §10407, the Department of Education seeks public input on its regulations which are four years or older to determine if they should be modified or eliminated. A list of regulations being reviewed is available here.
To submit public comment for any of the regulations being reviewed, please submit an Online Comment Submission Form by October 1, 2016 or attend one of the Department of Education’s public hearings where comments will be received:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Department of Education
Townsend Building - Cabinet Room
401 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Dover, DE 19901
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Delaware Department of Transportation
South District Office – Large Conference Room
23697 Dupont Boulevard
Georgetown, DE 19947
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New Castle County Government Offices
James H. Gilliam Building – Gilliam Multipurpose Room
77 Read's Way
New Castle, DE 19720
Note: Copies of individual regulations will not be made available at public hearings. Public comments will be received and recorded. Paper copy comment forms will be available at the public hearings for those without computer access.
Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities final report
We are pleased to post the final report of the Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities. This project was a collaboration between the Department and State Board of Education. This final report was presented at the December 17th State Board of Education meeting. Check out the interactive map here.