The Delaware Department of Education, in conjunction with the state’s geospatial education community, encourages Delaware middle and high school students to join in Esri’s 2021 ArcGIS online competition. Students are challenged to create and share interactive mapping projects using ESRI ArcGIS software. Delaware entrants to this national competition must create a digital map or Storymap that highlights facts and features unique to Delaware.
The Delaware Department of Education is offering a series of free virtual family education workshops called “Parent as Coach, Developing A Family Dream Team.” Facilitator Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is a nationally acclaimed speaker, life coach, and father of four. Over the course of the next six months, Andrews will offer a series of virtual workshops with hopes of motivating and providing caregivers with user-friendly strategies to assist them in maximizing their students’ overall academic success.
Two Delaware schools are among 57 U.S. schools that have been named 2020 National ESEA Distinguished Schools for the extraordinary success of their students. The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), formerly the National Title I Association, has been selecting examples of superior, federally funded school programs for national recognition through the National ESEA Distinguished Schools program, formerly the National Title I Distinguished Schools program, since 1996.
Opportunity to comment on federal accountability flexibility requests
This letter serves as notice of the Delaware Department of Education’s (DDOE) intent to submit addendum and amendment requests to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to request flexibility from certain aspects and requirements of the federal accountability system.
In March 2020, USED granted DDOE a waiver from annual assessment and accountability requirements for school year 2019–2020 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. On October 20, 2020, USED notified state education agencies of the opportunity to modify their federal accountability systems for the 2020–2021 school year to account for the lack of data due to this waiver.
Upon review of its federal school accountability system, in collaboration with representatives from district and charter schools statewide, DDOE determined that the lack of data from the 2019–2020 school year combined with the enduring effects of COVID-19 throughout the 2020–2021 school year will have a significant impact on DDOE’s ability to credibly calculate accountability ratings and identify schools for federal school improvement based on school performance in the 2020-2021 school year. DDOE will process and report to USED all available 2020–2021 data, but will not calculate accountability scores or assign school-level ratings. Therefore, DDOE will submit addendum and amendment requests to the USED to both adjust aspects of Delaware’s school accountability system for 2020-2021 and to adjust the methodology used to identify schools for targeted support and improvement.
All comments on the proposed addendum and/or amendment request are due by Friday, January 22, 2021, by electronic mail addressed to Continuous.Improvement@doe.k12.de.us.
Opportunity to comment on Delaware Title IV, Part A Waiver
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank T. Brogan recently released an invitation to participate in a waiver similar to the CARES Act waiver under ESEA section 8401(b) for FY 2021 Title IV, Part A funds during the 2020-2021 school year. In light of the continued disruption of to learning caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Delaware Department of Education is going to apply for a waiver of the following requirements and Title IV, Part A provisions.
- Section 4106(d) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, related to LEA needs assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Section 4106(e)(2)(C), (D), and (E) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to content-area spending requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Title IV, Part A funds.
- Section 4109(b) of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, with respect to the fifteen percent spending limitation for technology infrastructure for FY 2021 Title IV, Part A funds.
Please note that all other requirements in Title IV, Part A of the ESEA would continue to apply.
After a 30-day Public Comment Period, DDOE will apply for the waiver authority. When approved, the state be able to permit districts or charter Schools to apply and use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet its needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment.
To provide comments or question regarding these waivers or the state’s application to obtain authority to give these waivers, please complete this survey.
One response overall. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 indicating support for the Delaware CARES Act waivers, the one respondent selected a 5. Individual comments are as follows:
- Seeking the tech waiver would be extremely helpful for district planning during COVID.
Opportunity to comment on 21st CCLC waiver request
Opportunity to comment on DDOE's waiver request to provide flexibility for 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) subgrantees to operate as needed to support education during remote or hybrid models of schooling in response to COVID-19.
Comments are due to John Hulse by Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.
The US Department of Education recently invited all States to consider a waiver of ESEA section 4201(b)(1)(A) for the 2020-2021 school year. The Delaware Department of Education is providing the public and all local educational agencies and 21st CCLC subgrantees in the State with notice of, and the opportunity to comment on, this request:
Waiver to provide flexibility for 21st CCLC subgrantees to operate as needed to support education during remote or hybrid models of schooling in response to COVID-19:
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is requesting a waiver on behalf of the DDOE and its subgrantees, pursuant to section 8401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), of the requirement in ESEA section 4201(b)(1)(A) that restricts activities provided by a program funded under the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC) to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess).
This waiver is to advance student academic achievement by providing supplemental academic enrichment activities and other allowable 21st CCLC activities and services during times when school is in session but students would benefit from additional resources (e.g., when students are not physically present in school but are participating in remote or independent learning due to the disruptions caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)).
In seeking this waiver, the DDOE assures that:
- The state education agency (SEA) will use, and ensure that its subgrantees use, 21st CCLC funds in accordance with all other provisions of Title IV, Part B of the ESEA and all applicable regulations, program plans, and applications.
- The SEA is providing the public and all local educational agencies and 21st CCLC subgrantees in the State with notice of, and the opportunity to comment on, this request in the manner in which the SEA customarily provides such notice and opportunity to comment and will enclose with this waiver request the comments received (if any) and a description of how the SEA will address such comments.
Provide feedback on Delaware Ed-Flex application
DDOE is applying to the U.S. Department of Education for waivers of certain federal grant requirements. This application process is called Ed-Flex and is made available to states through the Education Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999, as evidenced by the more-recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ed-Flex provides states, districts and charter schools with increased flexibility in implementing federal education programs.
Learn more about Delaware’s Ed-Flex application and provide comments online at https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/1143.
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