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  • State updates ESSA plan to reflect federal changes, public feedback

    The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) today released updates to the final draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, reflecting changes to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, public feedback and feedback received from the Governor’s Office. The updates are color coded in the online documents so the public more easily can note the changes.

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  • Annual College Success Report: Too many still need remediation

    Of Delaware public high school graduates entering an in-state college or university, 41 percent will begin their post-secondary education behind their peers, according to the state’s 2017 College Success Report released today. The report shows that the remediation rate for Delaware’s Class of 2015 remained flat from last year, despite more students attending college. College enrollment for the Class of 2015 increased three percentage points to 61 percent. Students who do not score well on college placement tests may be forced to take and pass non-credit, remedial courses before entering the college-level courses required for their degrees. These courses often cost the same as credit-bearing classes but don’t count toward a student’s degree.

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  • Delaware drop out rate down, graduation rate up

    More students than ever are staying in school as the number of high school dropouts continues to decline in Delaware public schools. The annual Delaware Department of Education reports, presented to the State Board of Education today, show 547 of 40,287 public school students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 dropped out of school last year, a rate of 1.4 percent. That is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of 2.2 percent and the lowest rate in more than 30 years. The statewide graduation rate also is up slightly. The 2016 rate of 84.66 percent is an increase from 84.3 percent in 2015 and 84.4 percent in 2014.

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  • Delaware SkillsUSA honors students

    Business, industry, and academic partners gathered Wednesday to honor SkillsUSA members at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. More than 300 students were recognized for their outstanding performance in 63 individual, team, technical, and leadership contests with nearly $875,000 in student scholarships and prizes awarded. The top medalist in each contest will further advance his or her outstanding achievement at the National SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • Teachers of Year visit Legislative Hall

    Delaware 2017 Teacher of the Year Wendy Turner, joined by the state’s 2017 District and Charter Teachers of the Year, addressed legislators in both chambers today after lawmakers passed a concurrent resolution honoring the educators. Governor John Carney also invited the teachers to his office for a meeting. The resolution sponsors were Rep. Earl Jaques and Sen. David Sokola, who chair the House and Senate’s respective education committees. In her address, Turner, a second grade teacher at Brandywine School District’s Mount Pleasant Elementary School, talked to lawmakers about the importance of educating the whole child.

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  • Families still can complete FASFA while IRS tool unavailable

    The Delaware Department of Education reminds high school seniors and their families that although a useful IRS online tool is unavailable, they still should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). IRS officials are working to fix the data retrieval tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov but anticipate it will be unavailable for several weeks. The tool provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the FAFSA as well as the Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan application. “Families still can apply for financial aid at this time,” said Shana Payne, director of the department’s Higher Education Office. “When applicants fill out the FASFA and apply for the IDR plan, they can use the information from their tax returns to manually fill in the requested financial information.”

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