Policy and Practice


Student Performance Data: “Reset” Presents Opportunity

July 22nd, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

The Delaware Department of Education released the 2010-2011 DCAS scores yesterday, and, as expected, the percent of students demonstrating proficiency decreased. The State Board approved the higher standards set last year, which provide all stakeholders a more accurate snapshot of how our students compare to their national and international...

Where are Race to the Top Dollars Headed?

July 12th, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

The Delaware Department of Education recently approved all 19 districts’ Race to the Top plans, which reveal their priorities and stipulate how they will use their funds to increase performance in these areas.  An initial analysis of the plans yields a couple data points, including: The average Delaware district will use 43.7% of their...

My Teach For America Experience in Delaware

July 11th, 2011


Guest blog by Megan Dempsey, Teach For America corps member. This is the third in a three-part series related to Teach for America Delaware. This series was prompted by the recent establishment of TFA Delaware, a hub for corps members that is distinctly focused on The First State. Part one discussed the path to the establishment of the office...

Delaware’s Waiver Request on Educator Evaluation: We Must Fulfill our Commitments

July 8th, 2011

Author: Paul Herdman

In its winning Race to the Top application, Delaware promised to implement the state regulations it passed in 2009 changing the state’s teacher, administrator, and specialist evaluation system, known as DPAS II. The planned change would finally link the evaluation of our teachers, leaders, and paraprofessionals to student growth. All of...