The 2022 Smarter Balanced Assessment results are an average of 13 points worse than the 2019 results. The 2022 SAT results are only slightly worse than the 2019 results. These statewide test results seem to indicate that school closures, remote learning, and mask wearing had a larger impact on younger students than on high schoolers.
PARENTS HAVE A CHOICE IN SCHOOLS
In Delaware, parents have the option to choose a different public school for their child if they are unhappy with the school they are assigned to attend based on their address. However, the process can be quite intimidating, especially for busy parents.
If you've visited the Delaware Department of Education's (DDOE) website, you'll find that you cannot easily compare schools and districts without spending considerable time clicking back and forth between one school and another.
To help, we've compiled and calculated the statewide test scores for all schools, districts, and charters, which can be viewed easily by looking at one document. We've also included the impact of COVID-19 closures and remote learning on students' proficiency by comparing 2022 to 2019 results which are not provided by the state's website. You can easily access this document on our website under the Policy Centers/Education for Excellence.
RECOMMENDATIONS: 2023 Legislative Priorities for Education
Now that Delawareans can clearly see and compare the proficiency levels of each of the public schools, districts, and charters throughout the state, and based on education expenditures and teacher licensure requirements as discussed in previous articles (see below), the following recommendations are called for:
- Delaware's legislators should not place a moratorium on any new charter schools in New Castle County. Doing so would have the effect of eliminating any new options for students in poorly performing schools.
- We need to reallocate the large education expenditures of our state toward teacher salaries instead of non-instructional costs.
- Finally, we should loosen the requirements necessary to become a teacher in Delaware to allow more teachers to be hired quickly to meet the current teacher shortages.
These are critical initial steps that legislators can act on in the 2023 Legislative Session that will put Delaware on a positive trajectory toward improving K-12 education for students in the First State.