The 2024 Delaware Educational Support Professional of the Year will be announced Dec. 5.

2024 Educational Support Pro of the Year named Dec. 5

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

One education support professional will be chosen Dec. 5 as the state’s best out of the 19 chosen by school districts and one charter school. This is the fourth year the Department of Education has recognized a State Educational Support Professional of the Year. “Educational support professionals’ roles vary greatly,” said Mark Holodick, secretary of education. “They provide one-on-one support …

Positive Outcomes Charter School is one of six charters up for renewal this year.

Positive Outcomes Charter kicks off 6 renewal hearings

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Positive Outcomes Charter School of Camden came prepared for its sixth meeting with a state committee that reviews Delaware’s charter schools’ progress. Positive Outcomes showed the committee a short video presenting a lot of anecdotal and data-based successes.  We’re very proud to be in front of you today seeking our sixth renewal of our school,” said Ed Emmett, school director. …

The Public Education Compensation Committee will submit its final recommendations for educator pay by Nov. 15.

Suggestions for educator raises finalized by pay panel

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The committee responsible for evaluating and adjusting the salary scales of Delaware’s educators to attract more to the state has solidified its recommendations.  At Monday’s Public Education Compensation Committee meeting, the 15-person group made of government and education leaders approved its final suggestions that it will submit to Gov. John Carney by Nov. 15 for consideration in his fiscal year …

Delaware students are heading back to school.

Back to school: teacher raises, mental health help, funding

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

As First State public schools reopen next week, most students won’t see much difference in the day-to-day workings of the classroom. But there’s a lot going on in the background. Many districts will be adopting new science and math curriculums designed to help counter the state’s dismal test scores – and continue the battle against COVID-19 learning loss. More mental …

School test scores dismal again despite new math, reading plans

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

There was little cheering news Tuesday when Delaware released its 2023 state assessment results. The numbers are still grim, with the majority of students across the board failing to reach proficiency in math and reading.  “I can’t imagine anyone looking at these test results and saying they are good enough,” said Julia Keleher, the new executive director of First State …

DOE wants students to save money, time with new credit guide

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The state’s new credit for prior learning policy framework will reinforce a practice that WilmU has been using for more than 30 years, a practice other institutions of higher learning in the First State also follow. According to the Department of Education, the guidelines are intended to help colleges and universities develop policies and procedures for evaluating prior student learning …

Education Secretary Mark Holodick announced his list of 2023 Secretary of Education scholars.

92 honored as 2023 Secretary of Education Scholars

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Ninety-two First State high schoolers have been named Secretary of Education Scholars. Mark Holodick, secretary of education at the Delaware Department of Education, announced the 2023 honor roll. “This is such an impressive group of young leaders,” he said. “The honorees have succeeded academically while also serving as leaders in their schools and communities.” Holodick said the scholars’ success is …

Education Secretary Mark Holodick has been sued by 11 charter schools over alleged financial dues. (Unsplash)

Charter Schools sue Holodick over special ed payments

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The Delaware Charter Schools Network, 11 charter schools and the Delaware secretary of education are waiting on a judge’s ruling in a lawsuit about $4 million in tax revenue the charters say they are due. The network and the 11 charter schools sued Education Secretary Mark Holodick in Kent County Superior Court in July to get the money and to …

Delaware's Department of Education published the state's 2022 test scores Tuesday.

2022 Rewind: State education test scores described as ‘crisis’ 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

This story was originally published in August 2022. Delaware’s 2022 test scores were released this August, and they aren’t pretty.  Just 30% of Delaware students in grades three to eight met grade-level math requirements, while 42% earned a proficient score in English language arts.  These scores come from the state-administered Smarter Balanced Assessment, an end-of-the-year summative test that measures the …

There are more than 70 libraries across the state that share 2.5 million ebooks and print books for the benefit of Delawareans.

Delaware to add school libraries into statewide catalog

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The Delaware Library Consortium announced Tuesday that it will spend $1 million to add school libraries into the statewide catalog. The goal is to broaden the First State’s library catalog and provide more students an opportunity to conduct research or read for pleasure. “Over the years it seems like everything around literacy has been tweaked except school libraries, until now,” …