That’s approximately how many of Delaware’s public schools met the requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), according to the Department of Education today.
More about the topic soon, but in the meantime: this is absolutely unacceptable for our state. When one-third of schools cannot meet the requirements to be considered adequate (only 83 of 195, about 43%, received a Superior rating), and that’s where Delaware’s children are receiving their seminal educations, something gravely serious has gone wrong. While it’s great that some schools are performing well, the mediocrity plaguing the public school system that this release highlights is unacceptable. It’s hard to sometimes connect when all you see is numbers in a report, but the numbers of failing schools in Delaware will literally determine the futures of thousands of children. For those thousands, two-thirds doesn’t seem enough.