• Continuous Improvement in Delaware

    Delaware districts and charter schools operate under the belief that all schools must continue to focus on improving their support for all students – including those that exceed expectations – to best support all students. Delaware dedicates $6 million annually to school improvement. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools may qualify for additional support based on specific measures (below).

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    What is ESSA?

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that outlines how states can identify and support students in public schools. In August 2017, the U.S. Department of Education approved Delaware’s plan for implementing ESSA-required assessments, accountability and support for districts and charter schools so they can continuously improve outcomes for all students.

      Learn more: Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

    How are Delaware schools measured?

    Delaware's education and community stakeholders designed the Delaware School Success Framework (DSSF) to measure how schools perform in key areas. This statewide system is designed to help the public understand the full spectrum of school performance. The DSSF also identifies each school’s needs and helps determine how to best support students in schools across the state.

    The DSSF measures the following in each grade:

    Measures Grades
    English language arts (ELA) and math proficiency 3-8, 11
    ELA and math growth 4-8
    Graduation rates (4-, 5- and 6-year) 12
    English learner progress 1-12
    On-track attendance K-12
    Science and social studies proficiency 4-5, 7-8, 10-11
    College- and career-ready 12
    On track in 9th grade 9

    These measures are mapped to an overall rating for each school:

    • Exceeds Expectations - The school/district is exceeding the state's expectation for overall student performance.
    • Meets Expectations - The school/district meets the state's expectation for overall student performance.
    • Approaching Expectations - The school/district is moving toward the state's expectation for overall student performance.
    • Well-Below Expectations - The school/district needs support to move toward the state's expectation for overall student performance.

    Ratings are posted publicly on the Delaware Report Card. For more information on DSSF technical operations, visit the School and District Accountability page

      Learn more: Delaware School Success Framework - En español

      Learn More: Delaware School Success Framework results released (Nov. 7, 2018)

      Learn More: A Parent Guide to State and Local Report Cards

     

    Which schools receive support?

    In Delaware, all public district and charter schools receive continuous improvement support from the state in the form of resources, professional development, grant access and more. Some Title I and non-Title I schools with low student performance based on state measures may be identified as qualifying for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) or targeted support and improvement (TSI). These schools receive additional program and funding support as outlined below.

      Which schools need CSI or TSI support? How will schools choose the right support for students? What types of support will be provided?
    Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Title I and non-Title I schools that are in the bottom 5% or any public school with a graduation rate of 67% or less or any TSI school that does not improve after three years. Districts and charter schools must conduct a needs assessment to determine how to best support students, work in partnership with stakeholders, and develop and implement a school-level plan for improvement. Schools that qualify as needing CSI will receive funding and additional support from the state, as identified through a needs assessment. DOE will serve as a thought partner throughout the process.
    Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Any Title I or non-Title I school with a subgroup of students (e.g., students with disabilities, English learners) performing at or below the bottom 5% of schools. Districts and charter schools must develop and implement a school-level plan for improvement in partnership with stakeholders. Districts and charters approve their plans and monitor implementation. Schools that qualify as needing TSI will develop a school-level plan for improvement. DOE may serve as a thought partner and resource for support, which can include funding, program assistance and more.

      Learn more: Continuous improvement support in Delaware schools - En españolchart

    For more information on continuous improvement in Delaware, email continuous.improvement@doe.k12.de.us or call 302-735-4035.