The Delaware Department of Education invites aspiring educators and other community partners to join a virtual recruitment fair for educators of color and linguistically diverse educators. The recruitment fair will provide information on certification requirements, job openings and community involvement opportunities for diverse educators interested in working in Delaware schools, including current students as well as those interested in changing careers to work in Delaware schools.
About 2,500 Delaware child care providers will have the opportunity to be vaccinated this Saturday through a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination event at Dover International Speedway. This is an invitation-only event. A registration link was sent to child care providers earlier today.
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.
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.
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 has applied for and been given approval authority to waive 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.
Districts or charter Schools who wish to apply and use its Title IV, Part A funds to best meet their needs without regard to content-area spending requirements, spending limits on technology infrastructure, or completing a needs assessment should drop the Title IV, Part A Waiver document into their LEA letterhead, fill out, sign and email to TitleProgram.Q&A@doe.k12.de.us.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Title IV, Part A waiver, please view FAQs.
Any other questions, comments or assistance can be obtained by calling or emailing the Title Programs and Grants Support Team at (302) 857-3385 or at TitlePrograms.Q&A@doe.k12.de.us.
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.
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.
Building a New DOE Website
The Delaware Department of Education is a building a new site to serve you better. We are taking a fresh look at the DOE website and rebuilding it from the ground up to make it more closely aligned with your needs. Please be patient with us while our site is under improvement.