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Governor:John Carney
Secretary of Education:Susan Bunting
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:134,042
Number of school districts:53
Number of public schools:228
Number of public school teachers:9,649
Unadjusted education spending per student:$13,938
Percent minority students:53.4%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:37.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.8%
Percent of English-language learners:6.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.9%
8th grade math:29.2%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.5%
8th grade reading:32.8%

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Experts warned Southern education leaders meeting here that falling graduation rates may threaten the region’s progress in improving students’ test scores, access to preschool, and other advances in recent years in the poorest region of the United States.
June 29, 2005 | Updated: June 28, 2018 – Education Week (Web)
It has been less than six months since the nation’s governors gathered for a summit on high schools, and already at least half a dozen states have enacted policies that require students to complete tougher academic programs to earn a diploma.
June 22, 2005 – Education Week
Students in the upper grades of Delaware’s charter schools are outperforming their peers in regular public schools, an evaluation has found.
March 30, 2005 – Education Week
This year’s Delaware high school seniors could be the first class in the state to receive diplomas ranking graduates in three categories, though some state lawmakers are working to put a hold on the plan.
April 28, 2004 – Education Week
The Delaware Department of Education took a first step last week toward revocation of the charter of a 7-month-old school that closed recently, despite parents' passionate efforts to save it.
April 24, 2002 – Education Week
Delaware would temporarily relax testing requirements for students but start holding teachers and principals more accountable for those youngsters' achievement, under legislation that Gov. Thomas R. Carper is expected to sign into law this week.
May 3, 2000 – Education Week

Wilmington, Del.

On any school day, volunteer mentors can be found in the quiet, brightly decorated room tucked at the end of the hallway at Warner Elementary School, reading and tutoring and chatting with their assigned students.

October 22, 1997 – Education Week

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