Delaware’s plan to support schools is vague.
The state seeks to tailor support to individual schools, and thus requires a needs assessment for every identified school. However, the state does not specify any criteria for the content of improvement plans, based on the needs assessment, nor does it say how it will approve local plans or distribute funding requests for the $3 million Delaware has set aside for school-improvement activities.
Delaware has a detailed timeline for identifying schools and monitoring performance, but it won’t identify schools until November of each year.
In this case, Delaware would wait nearly six months after the end of the school year for which the identification is based. The state may want to consider ways to move that timeline up (perhaps using multiple years of data) so that students can benefit faster from any required actions.