School Choice Score: 0%
The state only permits parents’ choices among traditional public schools, which permits students to attend any public school in the state if there is room. In 2014, the state legislature considered legislation to create the Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act that would operate similar to the programs operating in Florida and Arizona where parents could use funds allocated to their child by the district towards an educational program of their choosing. That legislation was tabled in the House Education Committee.
Charter Schools Score: 78%
The lack of an independent authorizer and the fact that the state has not worked to improve the overall charter environment has kept the number of schools in the state fairly stagnant. A large funding gap still remains, although recent facilities funding has lessened that burden slightly.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Delaware launched a statewide virtual school pilot program from 2008 to 2010, but funding was discontinued, blamed on a statewide budget deficit. No school district may restrict student enrollment in full-time online school or in a part-time individual online course through enrollment caps or geographic boundaries.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Tenure decisions and licensure advancement both factor in evidence of effectiveness. The state has taken steps to make ineffective classroom performance grounds for dismissal, and teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations are required to go on improvement plans. Performance is not considered in layoff decisions. While Delaware does not support performance pay in the strict definition, it does support additional pay for high-need skills and some relevant work experience.