The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) today released updates to the final draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, reflecting changes to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, public feedback and feedback received from the Governor’s Office. The updates are color coded in the online documents so the public more easily can note the changes.
Of Delaware public high school graduates entering an in-state college or university, 41 percent will begin their post-secondary education behind their peers, according to the state’s 2017 College Success Report released today. The report shows that the remediation rate for Delaware’s Class of 2015 remained flat from last year, despite more students attending college. College enrollment for the Class of 2015 increased three percentage points to 61 percent. Students who do not score well on college placement tests may be forced to take and pass non-credit, remedial courses before entering the college-level courses required for their degrees. These courses often cost the same as credit-bearing classes but don’t count toward a student’s degree.
More students than ever are staying in school as the number of high school dropouts continues to decline in Delaware public schools. The annual Delaware Department of Education reports, presented to the State Board of Education today, show 547 of 40,287 public school students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 dropped out of school last year, a rate of 1.4 percent. That is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of 2.2 percent and the lowest rate in more than 30 years. The statewide graduation rate also is up slightly. The 2016 rate of 84.66 percent is an increase from 84.3 percent in 2015 and 84.4 percent in 2014.