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Delaware’s State Highlights

January 03, 2006 2 min read
Vital Statistics
Public schools 200
Public school teachers 7,749
Pre-K-12 students 117,668
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $1.1 billion
Minority students 42.7%
Children in poverty 14%
Students with disabilities 14.6%
English-language learners 3%

Summary of Grades

Delaware matches or outpaces the average state in all four of the graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, Delaware performs well because it uses assessments aligned to state standards for all grade spans in all of the four core subjects. However, Delaware lacks some accountability policies. While the state provides assistance to all low-performing schools, it does not sanction all those schools or provide rewards to high-performing or improving schools.

Delaware’s grade in teacher quality receives a boost because the state finances professional development for all its districts and requires and finances mentoring for all its new teachers. The state, however, does not require all high school or middle school teachers to major in the subjects they will teach.

The state receives the top grade in school climate. The strength of its charter-school law earns the highest possible rating from the Center for Education Reform. In addition, Delaware has a class-size reduction program, and its average class size in elementary schools is below the national average. The state also fares well on efforts related to school facilities.

In the area of resource equity, Delaware received the secondbest score in the nation for the coefficient-of-variation measure. This indicates a low level of disparity in per pupil funding across school districts in Delaware.

State Policy Report Card
Delaware Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C+ C+
School climate B C+
Resource equity B- C
Overall Grade B C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 35.83 40
Assessment 27.23 30
School accountability 24 30
87 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 22.75 35
Teacher assessment 25.5 30
Professional support and training 20 20
Accountability for teacher quality 9.6 15
78 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 11.33 15
School safety 18 20
Parent involvement 9.9 15
Choice and autonomy 20 20
Class size 9.9 10
School size 6 10
School facilities 10 10
85 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 25 33.3
McLoone Index 27.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 28.33 33.3
81 100

Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)

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