The below email between employees at the Delaware Department of Education from June 21st, 2014, shows what criteria was used for picking the priority schools. Five of the six priority schools chosen for 2014-2015 are in here, and I would have to assume some of these schools would be removed from the list based on their removal from partnership zone status earlier this year. I have bolded the ones that are currently priority schools or are no longer turn-around schools. Why isn’t Shortlidge on this list?
Even more interesting is some of the former partnership schools that were NOT on this list, but the reasons for that are clearly spelled out in the criteria. What is truly bizarre is the addition of charter schools. Especially the one that was closed a year and a half prior to this email. Moyer and Reach have already been ordered to shut down by the end of this current school year, so my guess would be charters are no longer a part of this program since they are already subject to their own performance framework.
The press release they talk about in the email would most likely have been the one from May, 2014 on the new child nutrition “free lunch” program. There is a DOE website in the press release for all the schools that qualified for the prior program.
Fri 6/20/2014 8:54 AM
Found the list of schools
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I found the list in the press release. It also explains at the bottom how they were selected. Let me know if you have questions. Trying to do clean up before vaca week next week. 🙂
The initiative’s eligible schools for the next two years are:
· Brandywine School District’s Harlan Elementary
· Cape Henlopen School District’s Brittingham Elementary
· Capital School District’s South Dover, Towne Point and East Dover elementary schools and Dover High
· Christina School District’s Christiana High, Brookside Elementary, Bayard Middle, Elbert-Palmer Elementary, Pulaski Elementary, Oberle Elementary, Glasgow High, Stubbs Elementary and Bancroft Elementary
· Colonial School District’s McCullough Middle, Colwyck Elementary, Castle Hills Elementary, Downie Elementary and Eisenberg Elementary
· Indian River School District’s Georgetown, North Georgetown, and Clayton elementary schools
· Laurel School District’s Laurel Middle
· Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Warner Elementary, Highlands Elementary, A.I. duPont Middle, Mote Elementary, Richardson Park Elementary, Baltz Elementary, Lewis Elementary, Marbrook Elementary and Stanton Middle
· Seaford School District’s West Seaford and Blades elementary schools
· New Castle County Vo-Tech School District’s Howard High School of Technology
· Charter schools: Positive Outcomes, Thomas Edison, EastSide, Prestige, Academy of Dover, Family Foundations, Delaware College Preparatory Academy, Kuumba Academy, Pencader, Moyer and Reach
Delaware Department of Education chose the eligible schools, which have at least 100 students, based upon the following criteria:
· A school’s inclusion in the state’s Partnership Zone
- A school’s appearance in the “Top 15 schools” in at least two of the following three categories: highest percentages of minority students, highest percentages of low-income students (students on free- and reduced-price lunches), and highest percentages of English language learners.
- In addition, schools could be eligible if they have at least 75 percent of their students in any one of the three above categories.
Angeline A. Willen Rivello
Director, Teacher & Administrator Quality
Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Unit
Delaware Department of Education
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904
302.857.3388 (T) 302.739.1777 (F)