The Network for Public Education released state report cards for their 2016 State Report Card today. Below is Delaware’s grade determination, for which they received a grade of D. Personally, I would have given Delaware a grade of D for rejecting high-stakes testing with the behavior over a parent’s right to opt their child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Delaware scored very poorly on the “resisting privatization” category. While Delaware doesn’t take part in any type of voucher system, the push for “school choice” is huge in the First State. The gap between certain charter schools student demographics and their counterparts in the traditional school districts they reside in is gigantic!
It seems like many websites are putting out education rankings these days. The latest comes from EdWeek with their quality counts ranking system. For Delaware, we came in 16th place, but this truly isn’t anything to rave about. Delaware’s overall grade on this ranking was a C+. A student’s “chance for success was also a C+, K-12 achievement got a D+ and school finance got a B. I assume this report didn’t factor in all the charter school fiascos with financial fraud and abuse, but like I have said about ranking systems overall, I don’t give them much weight because they can be extremely subjective and biased.
The top three states were Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont. I think we can say, based on this and the Niche.com charts I listed the other day, our overall Smarter Balanced Assessment scores, the opt-out movement in Delaware, a pending ACLU lawsuit against the state and our biggest district based on charter school enrollment practices, a funding system that makes no sense, SAT scores at the bottom of the list based on every single student taking it, falling NAEP scores, and special education chaos throughout our state that Governor Markell’s education initiatives have landed our state into a position of abject failure when it comes to education. Governor Markell’s education legacy won’t be looked on favorably in the years to come.
Our surrounding states did better than Delaware, with New Jersey coming in at #3, Maryland at #4, Pennsylvania at #7, and Virginia at #12.