Opportunity to comment on federal accountability flexibility requests

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. 

DDOE Addendum Request 

DDOE Amendment Request 

Comment Period 

All comments on the proposed addendum and/or amendment request are due by Monday, January 22, 2021, by electronic mail addressed to Continuous.Improvement@doe.k12.de.us.