Policy and Practice


DelExcels.org: A New Education Resource for Delawareans

March 25th, 2014

Author: C.R. McLeod

Last week, a new website was launched through a public-private partnership of the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware State Education Association, Delaware Parent Teacher Association, and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. DelExcels.org was created with the simple goal of providing more information to all Delawareans about the new standards...

Looking Ahead to 2014

January 8th, 2014

Author: Paul Herdman

As I look back on 2013, it was a good year. Nevertheless, we have some hard conversations ahead. It was a good year in Delaware’s schools for several reasons. We passed some important legislation on charter schools and teacher training. The state garnered national recognition from the Education Commission of the States, Harvard University, the...

PISA: U.S. Educational Performance Flat, But Lessons to Be Learned

December 5th, 2013

Author: Paul Herdman

On Tuesday, the 2012 results for the largest international study of student performance, Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), were released. PISA is administered every three years to fifteen year olds in 65 countries worldwide, assessing students' ability to apply acquired knowledge in math, science, and reading in real-world...

Delaware’s Teacher Appraisal System: What Do We Know after Year One?

November 15th, 2013

Author: Mamie Doyle Mannella

Last week, the Delaware Department of Education released a report on the results of the 2012-13 DPAS II implementation. A lot was written in the report and in The News Journal (article and editorial) about how the numbers played out in regard to what percentage of teachers were deemed effective or not, but a few important story lines got...