Delaware schools get passing grades

    117 of Delaware’s 195 school’s meet or exceed state standards, according to a assessment report recently released by the state department of education.

    117 of Delaware’s 195 school’s meet or exceed state standards, according to a assessment report recently released by the state Department of Education.  The schools are judged primarily on the performance of students in the Delaware Student Testing Program.

    The assessment is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  Under that act, schools must meet standards referred to as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).  The 117 schools that met or exceeded that standard in 2009 is down from the 133 schools that did so in 2007.  That was the peak year for schools meeting or exceeding AYP.  In 2008, that number dropped to 115, but it’s up slightly this year.

    78 Delaware schools failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress or other state requirements.  That’s an increase of five schools from last year.  In 2007, only 59 schools failed to meet the requirements.  Those schools face possible restructuring by the state if improvement is not made.

    The assessment is designed to increase achievement even for schools that meet the standards.   As part of the increasing standards, students in all subgroups must be proficient in English/Language Arts and math by the 2013-14 school year in order to attain AYP status.

    You can find results for all schools at www.doe.k12.de.us.

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