Vision 2015: Year one achievements in Delaware’s education system

Initiated in 2006, the objective of Vision 2015 is to provide a world-class public education for all students in Delaware. Results released from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) are a factual testament to how urgent the need for reform is in our schools. PISA measures the performance of students in 34 developed countries. The United States’ ranking told a discouraging tale; 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

Below are some areas of concentration, why they should be addressed and what has been accomplished within each:

Standards for College and Career Readiness:  Only 35% of DE students are proficient in reading and math. What’s been done?

  • Common Core Standards have been adopted
  • DCAS testing has replaced the DSTP
  • SAT has been offered to all public high school juniors this year

Accelerate Improvement to Help Children with Greatest Need: 24 schools were found to be low performing in 2010. What’s been done?

  • Focusing resources on low achieving schools
  • Implementing turnaround plans
  • Hiring and retaining effective educators

Invest in Early Childhood Education: Only 34% of DE kids start kindergarten on grade level. What’s been done?

  • Improved the quality of early childhood education
  • Released a pilot study on kindergarten readiness
  • Provided early childhood professional funds

Establish a Funding System to Effectively Spend Taxpayers’ Education Monies: The 60 year-old education funding system isn’t meeting the needs of the students. What’s been done?

  • Enacted only a small fraction of the $158 million in recommendations
  • Posted district-level financial reports online

There is still much to accomplish in the next 4 years but these foundational steps are crucial in reaching our goal!

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