Board of Education Meeting Highlights

  • All,

    The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

     All materials and presentations from the meeting can be accessed on the online meeting platform posted within each month’s agenda as posted on our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).  

    The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website.  An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.

    • Board members discussed education events in which they had been involved including a Delaware School Boards Association workshop, Roundtable discussions on education with local business leaders, attendance at a recent Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) and NASBE combined leadership forum, and the recent State Board workshop on School report card design revisions. The Executive Director presented her report which included discussion of the sessions attended while at the National Summit on Education Reform with links included in her report, attendance at the Governor’s Roundtable on Work-Based Learning, and a review of several of the articles and studies linked throughout the posted report called “News Updates and Information.” This report provided monthly includes local and national articles related to education issues which are provided for review by the Board and public.
    • Secretary Bunting provided a comprehensive report to the Board which included details about several opportunities to engage with members of the business community at the state and national level,  the continuation of school visits and meetings with school leaders, educators, and students in which she had been involved throughout the month.  These visits included meeting with the Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee, the Family Services Council, the School District Consolidation Task Force. She also was very involved in events related to the state’s Pathways to Prosperity Initiative.  She participated on a panel at the American Youth Policy Forum, toured several Pathways classrooms at William Penn HS, and joined the Governor in convening a panel of Delaware’s education and business leaders at the “work-Based Learning Roundtable.” She updated the Board on high level details of the FY19 DOE budget, which included increases based on enrollment/unit growth and related allocations, funding for early childhood tiered reimbursement, and public school transportation. Additionally they requested $3 million for Opportunity grants, $1 million for middle school math coaches, $11 million for public education salary steps and paraprofessional compensation enhancements, and $9.8 million to cover Personnel contingency costs.  Her report included an update on the progress underway regarding continued discussions and work to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the Governor’s Office, DOE, and the Christina School District.  Lastly, she informed the Board of several changes with respect to the DOE leadership team.  She explained that this was a part of their continued reorganization and outlined the changes taking place.  Additionally she thanked Angeline Rivello, Michael Watson, and David Blowman for their admirable work and contributions to the Department’s success in recent years.
    • Denise Stouffer, from the Charter School Office, presented an overview of the charter schools being considered for renewal as well as the process and recommendations from the Charter School Accountability Committee.  Secretary Bunting then announced her decision for each proposed renewal and requested the assent of the Board in those renewal decisions.  The following charters were granted renewals:
      • Academia Antonia Alonso  - granted a five year renewal
      • Early College High School at DSU – granted a five year renewal
      • First State Montessori Academy – granted a five year renewal
      • Sussex Academy – granted a ten year renewal which also includes, in accordance with statute, a midpoint review of the annual performance and program evaluations that include academic, financial, and operations data. If the level of performance at that point were deemed deficient for renewal standards, the approving authority could begin the formal review process.
      • Thomas A. Edison Charter School – granted a five year renewal with conditions as outlined in the CSAC final report. Failure to meet the conditions in this renewal would result in a formal review process.
      • The charter office also announced that all performance reports were posted on its website and all annual reports had been received from charter school in accordance with the December 1st due date.  The annual reports will be reviewed for completion and then posted on the Charter School Office website after the new year.
    • The Board received a presentation on the Delaware Performance Appraisal System (DPAS).  The members of the Department of Education reported the performance data, results of the annual survey, and outlined recent changes to the system as well as provided some information about the perception and views from those educators using an alternate evaluation system. Additional information and resources from the DPAS presentation were provided on the agenda page for this item.
    • Department Regulations 925: Children with Disabilities Subpart D, Evaluations, Eligibility Determination, Individualized Education Programs  was presented for discussion with action anticipated next month.

    Regulation 501 was presented for discussion and the presentation included an overview of the proposed Financial Literacy and Computer Science standards.  There are planned community engagement sessions in December for the Financial Literacy Standards and the community sessions on the Computer Science Standards were completed in November.  Comments can still be accepted on all of these regulations through January 2, 2018.

    • The Board received public comment on regulation 501 following the presentation and Board discussion by two members of the public that both supported the adoption of these new standards.
    • The Professional Standards Board  brought forward regulation 1515, Hearing Rules and Procedures for discussion, following its publication last month.  This regulation will be open for public comment through January 2, 2018.
    • The Board received public comment from the Delaware School Boards Association regarding an update on their recent activities and their Executive Director provided a report to the Board detailing recent actions and work of DSBA.  The Board also heard public comment from a parent that commented on the Charter renewals, the DPAS presentation, and the recent bill being circulated regarding school board member removal.
    • The Board received an update from its Deputy Attorney General regarding two appeal requests that had been received regarding student disciplinary appeals.  Both of those appeals are currently in process and will likely not come before the Board for action until February.

    The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.


     

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  • All,

    The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

     

    All materials and presentations from the meeting can be accessed on the online meeting platform posted within each month’s agenda as posted on our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).  

    The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website.  An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.

    • Board members discussed education events in which they had been involved including the Community Conversations for School Report Cards, Campaign for Grade Level Reading Announcement, Presentation to the first ever Milken Educator in Delaware,  Teacher of the Year forum meeting, Announcement of School CTE Pathway grants, and discussions with higher education leaders.  The Executive Director presented her report which included discussion of the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference, Announcement of the second workshop in a series on school report cards to be held on December 6th (detailed information is included at the end of this update), and provided an update on the SBE Literacy Campaign and the Campaign for Grade Level reading which is a part of that larger plan.   Additionally, she provided an overview or local and national articles related to education issues which were provided for review by the Board and public.
    • Secretary Bunting provided a comprehensive report to the Board which included details about many of the school visits and events with school leaders, educators, and students in which she had been involved throughout the month.  These visits included meeting with the Consolidation Task Force, participating in College Application Month events, attending town hall meetings in Wilmington related to the proposed Wilmington Schools partnership, speaking with students  and staff from Colonial, Smyrna, and Lake Forest Districts, and joined in a visit of state officials celebrating the 20th year of a partnership between Miyagi Prefecture and Delaware schools. She is continuing to review comments related to Regulation 225, which is out for public comment until December 4th and if warranted will make modifications to the proposed regulation which may result in additional publication for comments.  She continues to meet with Charter liaisons and has continued goal setting meetings with district Superintendents. She was excited to launch the Campaign for Grade Level reading, extend Innovations grants to 40 schools expanding Delaware Pathways programs, and honor Delaware’s finalists for the Presidential Awards in Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.  Next month she is looking forward to bringing new Financial Literacy standards and Computer Science standards to the Board for review and consideration for adoption.  Following a question from the Board on the status of the work related to the MOU between Christina School District and the DOE and Governor’s Office, she outlined the work underway as well as the timeline before the Christina Board of Education, the information sessions, the public town halls, and the anticipation of action taking place at their December board meeting.  She will keep the Board updated on the developments in this important work.  
    • The Board received a recognized the winners of the annual School bus safety poster contest and also recognized the Delaware finalists for the Presidential Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.
    • The Board received a presentation from two of the approved school leadership certification preparation programs: University of Delaware’s Principal Preparation Program (PPP) and Teach for America’s Lead for Delaware program (Lead for DE) .  The presentations outlined the success the programs have had with their first cohorts, the Board heard from program leaders, as well as program graduates and participants. Additional information and resources for each program were provided on the agenda page for this item.
    • Department Regulations 925: Children with Disabilities Subpart D, Evaluations, Eligibility Determination, Individualized Education Programs and 103: Accountability for Schools, Districts and State were presented.  Additionally, Secretary only regulations currently out for public comment were made available for information.
    • Denise Stouffer presented an update from the Charter School Office which included an overview of the charter renewal timeline and application information for the five schools currently being considered for renewal.
    • The Professional Standards Board  brought forward regulation 1515, Hearing Rules and Procedures for re-publication after making some revisions to it following the public comment period.  The Board voted to send the regulation forward for publication and will hear it again next month for discussion. The PSB Executive Director thanked the State Board for their public comment received on 1515 and indicated that they had been working with the SBE’s Executive Director to pursue those recommended statutory changes. 
    • The Board received public comment from the Delaware Charter Schools Network regarding the public school choice expo in NCC and the one schedule for November 18th in Kent County.  These were public expos which featured public school choice offerings at district, charter, and vo-tech schools in each county.   
    • The Board received an update from its Deputy Attorney General regarding two appeal requests that had been received regarding student disciplinary appeals.  Both of those appeals are currently in process and will likely not come before the Board for action until January.
    • The Board also received the September 30th Enrollment Report and the Educational Program Enrollment Report for information from the Department.
    • Final Reminders were made about the change of the December Board meeting date. The Board has changed the date of its December meeting to better align with facility schedules.  They will meet December 14, 2017 instead of the originally scheduled date. 
    • The SBE will host its second State Report Card workshop on December 6th from 5pm – 8:30pm.  This will include interactive discussion on the look, accessibility, design, and usability of new state and also feature a presentation from a national group that is experienced and has assisted states in the development of school report cards and dashboards.  Additional Details will be sent out in the coming weeks.

    The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.


     

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  • All,

    The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

     

    All materials and presentations from the meeting can be accessed on the online meeting platform posted within each month’s agenda as posted on our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).  

    The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website.  An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.

    • Board members discussed education events in which they had been involved including Community Conversations for new School Report Cards, a WEIC meeting, Teacher of the Year selection committees, and the annual Teacher of the Year awards gala.  Board members discussed upcoming events including Delaware School Boards Association meetings, National School Boards Association meetings and upcoming Department of Education community discussions.  The Executive Director presented her report which included discussion of the Teacher of the Year selection process as well as attendance at a recent University of Delaware speakers series which featured Vice President Biden and Governor Kasich.  Additionally, she provided an overview or local and national articles related to education issues which were provided for review by the Board and public.
    • Secretary Bunting provided a comprehensive report to the Board which included details about recent discussions related to tiered reimbursements and growth of the STARS program for early learning. She discussed many of the school visits and events with school leaders, educators, and students in which she had been involved throughout the month.  These visits included touring early learning centers, meeting with district superintendents to discuss goal-setting, school visits  where yearlong residents are engaged in teacher preparation with Wilmington University, meeting with the Youth Advocacy Council through Delaware CAN, and meeting with the Christina School Board.  She updated the Board on the work related to supporting our most underperforming schools and coordinated efforts related to initiatives to better support Wilmington schools. She reviewed the visit she made with the Governor and others to Springfield, MA where she learned about the empowerment zone they had created to help schools improve student achievement by increasing administrator flexibility, budgeting, and curricular improvements.  She also announced that the Christina School District, Governor’s Office, Department of Education and Christina Education Association had signed a letter of intent agreeing to collaborate on improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students in Christina School District’s lowest performing schools in the city of Wilmington.  She discussed that they would be holding community conversations in Wilmington to gather feedback from neighborhood residents. She discussed the approval of the Special Education Strategic plan and the presentation of the plan before the Interagency Resource Management Committee She discussed numerous school visits and discussions with education leaders throughout the state. She highlighted the ongoing work the Department is leading to develop an anti-discrimination policy for our schools and the numerous community and stakeholder discussions underway to shape this policy.
    • Deputy Secretary, Karen Field Rogers, led the presentation of the 2016-17 Accountability reports.  These school and district reports included the current metrics in the Delaware School Success Framework.  These reports are currently presented via the accountability tab within the School Profile reports.  It was discussed that this is the final year of this specific report since next year’s reports will reflect the requirements as outlined in the state’s ESSA plan and will be included in the new school report cards.  The Department is currently holding community conversations to get feedback on the design, accessibility, and usability of these new reports which will be published in the fall of 2018.
    • The Board received data and analysis regarding Advanced Placements scores from the 2016-17 school year. Chief Academic Officer, Michael Watson, presented this information to the Board and included in his presentation several areas where performance showed a marked increase over recent years.  These increases included performance in STEM area AP exams, increases in access to more AP courses, and performance increases among several subgroup populations.  The presentation also referenced the College Board report which provides information on all AP exams throughout the state as well as other performance details that are much more granular than a simple overview.
    • Denise Stouffer presented an update from the Charter School Office which included an overview of the charter renewal timeline and application information for the five schools currently being considered for renewal.
    • The Board discussed Professional Standards Board regulation 1515, Hearing Rules and Procedures.  They expressed concern that the regulation required communication be via mail or a hand delivered written request given that is not the most productive or prevalent way of communicating in today’s society.  It was discussed that the statute actually restricts communication between the Standards Board and the licensee to be done via certified mail.  The Board voted to direct the Executive Director to send formal comment to the Professional Standards Board (PSB) asking that they consider requesting a statutory change to allow for electronic mail (email) also be a means by which communication could occur. The approved motion stated that they would work with the PSB and the Department to pursue such a legislative change with the General Assembly.  
    • The SBE will host its second State Report Card workshop on December 6th from 5pm – 8:30pm.  This will include interactive discussion on the look, accessibility, design, and usability of new state and also feature a presentation from a national group that is experienced and has assisted states in the development of school report cards and dashboards.  Additional Details will be sent out in the coming weeks.
    • The Board has changed the date of its December meeting to better align with facility schedules.  They will meet December 14, 2017 instead of the originally scheduled date. 

    The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.


     

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  • All,

    The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    All materials and presentations from our meeting can be accessed on our online meeting platform every month and directly from our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).  

    • Here is a direct link to the agenda complete with links and attached documents related to presentations and other items before the Board:  SBE Monthly Meeting Agenda

    The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website.  An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.

    • The Board received an update from its Executive Director which included discussion of the Lead for Delaware Certification Ceremony and discussion by several Board members who attended the stakeholder workshop held by the Board on Monday, September 18th on School report card design.  The  workshop information and materials are available on the website link for the event: SBE Workshop – Data Dashboards and School Report Cards under ESSA and include an overview of the federal and state requirements for school, district, and state report cards as well as survey data from parents and community members across the nation and samples of report card best practices.
    • The State Board selected Dr. Terry Whittaker as their voting member for the Annual NASBE Conference to be held in November.
    • An update on multiple education initiatives was provided by Secretary Bunting, including discussion of ongoing work related to supporting our most underperforming schools and coordinated efforts related to initiatives to better support Wilmington schools.  She discussed numerous school visits and discussions with education leaders throughout the state. She highlighted the ongoing work the Department is leading to develop an anti-discrimination policy for our schools and the numerous community and stakeholder discussions underway to shape this policy.
    • Associate Secretary for Educator Support, Angeline Rivello, and data fellow, Raifu Durodoye presented an update on Educator Quality and data related to the state’s Equity plan.  They share details regarding the development of the Equity Dashboard and discussed supports and programs that are showing success with respect to developing stronger programs for school leadership and educator preparation, mentoring and induction programs, and on-going work related to improved professional learning.  The resources shared and the presentation are linked within the Board agenda website. 
    • The Board received data and analysis regarding subgroup performance and achievement gaps on our Statewide Assessments in ELA and Math.  Chief Academic Officer, Michael Watson, and Director of Assessment, Theresa Bennett presented the data and discussed bright spots of proficiency gains and gap closures along with information from those highlighted schools regarding the programs and initiatives most contributing to these gains.
    • The Board approved Professional Standards Board regulation 1515, Hearing Rules and Procedures for publication, discussed Regulation 1511 Issuance and Renewal of a Continuing License and approved 16 other regulations for final order, all of which had been before the Board in July and August for publication and discussion.  None of the regulations received any public comment prior to action.

    The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.


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  • All,

    The State Board of Education held its Regular Monthly Board Meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

    All materials and presentations from our meeting can be accessed on our online meeting platform every month and directly from our website (www.destateboarded.k12.de.us ).  

    The audio recording from the meeting is now posted on the State Board website.  An index of the recording with live links by section is copied below.

    • This was the second month of implementation for the new Public Comment procedure for State Board meetings.  This policy provides opportunities for the Board to receive public comment at multiple points throughout the agenda.  These are listed on the agenda linked above as well as fully outlined in the SBE Procedures Manual
    • The Board received an update from its Executive Director which included discussion of the Delaware Goes to College Academy and the announcement of an upcoming workshop sponsored by the State Board on School report card design.  The  workshop will be held September 18th in Dover in the Capital room of Dover Grotto’s from 5pm – 8pm and will include an overview of the federal and state requirements for school, district, and state report cards as well as hear from national experts on best practices and survey data related to the display of information.  Additional information will be sent out later this week regarding the workshop.
    • The State Board received an update on multiple education initiatives from Secretary Bunting, including discussion of new resources which provide an overview of the state’s ESSA plan. These are posted on the SBE and DOE website
    • Luke Rhine, Director of Career and Technical Education and STEM Initiatives for the Department of Education presented an update on the Pathways to Prosperity Plan and provided a quarterly report on the state’s progress on goals and objectives within the combined Perkins and WIOA plan. The presentation as well as quarterly report and strategic plan update are linked within the Board agenda website. 
    • The Board approved amendments to Regulation 292 - Post Secondary Institutions and Degree Granting Institutions of Higher Learning.  There were no public comments submitted regarding these changes. The Charter School Office presented their monthly update
    • The Professional Standards Board presented Regulation 1511 – Issuance and Renewal of a Continuing License for publication and numerous regulations for discussion.  The Board voted to publish Regulation 1511 in the Registrar of Regulation in September. Any comments received on the regulations currently out for comment and in their discussion month will be reviewed by the PSB as well as the State Board at the close of the comment period, which is the end of August.  Such comments will be considered prior to final action being taken on those items in September.

    The next regular monthly meeting of the State Board is scheduled for

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.   


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