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Governor:Jack Markell
Secretary of Education:Lillian Lowery
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:129,403
Number of school districts:38
Number of public schools:214
Number of public school teachers:8,933
Unadjusted education spending per student:$12,222
Percent minority students:49.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:47.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.4%
Percent of English-language learners:5.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:42.1%
8th grade math:32.7%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.0%
8th grade reading:33.3%

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State officials say better data on the youngest children will help educators gauge their academic needs, but some raise privacy concerns with sharing such information more broadly.
March 11, 2014 - Education Week
Concerns over costs and student privacy have spurred districts in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Ohio to withdraw from the federal school improvement program.
January 22, 2014 - Education Week
Federal monitoring reports show that some states with No Child Left Behind Act waivers are struggling in key areas.
January 14, 2014 - Education Week
Delaware and Utah are funding foreign-language instruction at the elementary level in hopes of fostering achievement and economic growth.
November 30, 2012 - Education Week
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August 28, 2012 - Education Week
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December 13, 2011 - Education Week
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May 24, 2011 - Education Week
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April 28, 2009 - Education Week

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