Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery will announce six new schools to join the state’s Partnership Zone on Thursday, Sept. 1. The new schools join the four inaugural schools named to the Partnership Zone last year: Christina School District’s Glasgow High and Stubbs Elementary, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District’s Howard High School of Technology and Positive Outcomes charter school.
The Delaware Department of Education launched the Partnership Zone (PZ) in 2010 to dramatically improve the lowest-achieving schools in the state. Schools were selected by a two-step process that included a quantitative analysis to determine the persistently lowest achieving schools on the state’s reading and math tests and a qualitative analysis by Lowery that considered input from stakeholder groups. The state’s School Turnaround Unit supports and monitors the PZ schools.
The Partnership Zone was a key component of the state’s top-ranked Race to the Top plan. Last year, Delaware was one of two states to win first-round funding in the federal competitive grant program, earning $119 million to support efforts to improve the quality of education in the state. The state’s plan included the support of every school district, superintendent, charter school and charter school director.
Members of the media are invited to join Former Secretary Lowery and local leaders from current and new partnership zone schools for a teleconference call at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 to discuss the new schools and answer any media questions about the Partnership Zone. Journalists who would like to join the call should RSVP to public information officer Alison Kepner at firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 a.m. Sept.1 to receive a call-in line number.
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