The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is hosting Community Conversations in October to gain feedback on the elements, priorities, and common terminology it plans to include on its upcoming Report Card website. Delaware’s Report Card will refine how DDOE communicates with families and the community its progress, performance, and programs in Delaware education, and replaces the state’s current School Profiles site for accessing education data.
“The Delaware Report Card will help families and the community access data in a more meaningful way so that we’re all making informed decisions based on the same information,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. “We need people to attend the Community Conversations and provide constructive feedback. The Report Card has the potential to become a valuable tool that truly engages the public and consequently improves Delaware’s education system.”
Delaware’s Report Card will re-design School Profiles to provide families and the community with more comprehensive education data at the state, district, charter school
and school levels. DDOE has focused the initial redesign on defining which data to present and how to make the data easier to digest. Research shows that with increased access to meaningful data, parents, community members and other stakeholders become better prepared to engage in public education decisions.
Delaware will work on the Report Card design through the 2017-2018 school year. October’s Community Conversations are the first step in the public feedback process. In early 2018, the Department will ask the community to come together again to provide additional feedback on how the Report Card will visually represent data and on the site’s navigation design. Delaware is federally required to publish its Report Card by December 31, 2018.
The Delaware Report Card is part of Delaware’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in August. The items listed on the Report Card are required either federally, by the state, or are part of the Delaware School Success Framework (DSSF) system, which is Delaware’s system to measure and publicly report on multiple areas of school success.
The public is invited to join any of the Community Conversations events below. Please RSVP at https://www.doe.k12.de.us/reportcard. For questions or comments, contact Delaware.ReportCard@doe.k12.de.us.
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