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Delaware’s Department of Education received the highest federal ranking possible for special education this year.

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Delaware is the first state to get a green light on its federal Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

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Gov. John Carney has vetoed a controversial bill regarding access to charter schools.

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A new requirement for states under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that will replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is including the priority for English learner proficiency in its mandated school accountability system.

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When Holderline Lebreton was told she could take her world language proficiency test in her native Haitian Creole, she didn't hesitate to say yes.


Like all Delaware students, the Seaford High School senior needs to earn two credits in a world language other than English to graduate. But that requirement can be a major hurdle for kids from a non-English speaking home or background.

Gov. Jack Markell is going along with a plan to drop the Smarter Balanced Assessment from 11th grade requirements starting this year. But the controversial exam will still be the official state test for 3rd through 8th graders.

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A newly opened First State charter school faces closure in January.

The state Department of Education's Charter School Accountability Committee recommended Tuesday that Wilmington’s Delaware MET have its charter revoked, citing academic, operational, governance and financial problems. 

Education Secretary Steven Godowsky and State Board of Education will decide if they agree at the board’s December 17 meeting.

If they do, the school would close January 22, and its 210 students would be forced to move to other schools for the rest of the year.

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The state GOP is taking the Department of Education to task for continuing to fund high-paying Race to the Top positions.

Federal funding that expired in 2014 had paid for 10 of those positions, which state Sen. Dave Lawson calls "temporary" in the GOP's weekly message.

After that, he says lawmakers wanted the Department to stop funding the jobs. Instead, he says eight of the 10 positions were sustained.

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Further analysis of Delaware’s first year Smarter Balanced Assessment scores released earlier this month shows wide racial disparities in English and Math proficiency.

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Seven Delaware school districts received more than $350,000 from the state Department of Education to boost college readiness.


Some will increase middle school course offerings, teach students and their families how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and create mentorship programs.