Delaware State Report Card Public Engagement
Per Pupil Spending
The Department of Education has scheduled three public meetings in order to receive input on developing standardized school-level financial reporting for all districts and charter schools.
- October 1st, 5:00 PM at Townsend Building
- October 3rd, 6:00 PM at Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
- October 11th, 5:00 PM at Lewes Public Library
Both the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Delaware Senate Bill 172, passed by the 149th General Assembly this spring, require the development of a statewide approach to define and report school-level expenditures so school leaders and the public can better compare per-pupil spending across Delaware. The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is required to report school-level per-pupil expenditures in December 2019.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” When sharing data we often find tables of numbers that can be confusing, but when visuals are added, the picture becomes clearer.
Our goal for the Delaware Report Card is to do just that. The report card will not only provide data but also help parents, caretakers, community members and other stakeholders understand educational data using visuals and context.
The Delaware Department of Education hosted five community conversation meetings throughout the state in October 2017. The meetings were designed to provide background about the Delaware Report Card and to solicit revision recommendations for how educational information and data will be shared with the public. Here is what we learned:
College and/or Career Preparedness - When reviewing educational data, stakeholders valued college and/or career preparedness information the most. Student behavior, graduation rates, postsecondary outcomes, proficiency, school programs and curricular offerings were also noted as “need to know” information.
Context matters - The report card will need to go beyond defining a term when sharing data, and also describe why it matters in relation to monitoring school performance and progress.
The term “report card” can be misunderstood - The Delaware Report card not only provides educational data, but also provides educational information about performance and progress at the state, district, charter and school levels.
We need to hear more from parents, caregivers and underrepresented stakeholders - The new report card will hold great potential to empower parents, caregivers and traditionally underserved stakeholders with education information to engage meaningfully in public education decisions.
Community Conversations Resources
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