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Will states finally start sharing test questions?

June 14th, 2010

Author: Madeleine Bayard

While concept of shared item banks is not new, it’s gaining momentum and taking shape because of federal Race to the Top investments. And Delaware is playing a leading role. Item banks-- that house state test items and can be accessed by multiple states—are attractive because they have the potential to provide cost efficiencies...

Diplomas Count 2010

June 11th, 2010

Author: Michael Rasmussen

The new Diplomas Count is out from EPE.  They use 2007 data, but it shows Delaware (65% Graduation rate) below the national average (68.8%) on the Cumulative Promotion Index, with African American and Hispanic males at under 50%.  Delaware started reporting the CPI rate in state a few years ago but we use the NGA rate for school...

Delaware Ranked 5th in Charter School funding Gap

June 11th, 2010

Author: sfox

Last month, a study by Ball State University reported that funding for our nation’s charter schools is significantly lower than funding for traditional public schools. Delaware is one of the worst offenders of this funding gap with a difference of $3,665 per pupil. This is in comparison with the national average of a $2,247 difference per...

Common Core Standards Announced

June 4th, 2010

Author: sfox

On Wednesday, the final set of common academic standards was released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to a crowd of supporters at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA. The United States is one of the very few industrialized countries with no...
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