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ESSA: Make Your Voice Heard

 

DOE Releases Final Version of State ESSA Plan

DOE released the final draft of the state ESSA plan on February 28th. Although DSEA is supportive of a number of elements contained within the current draft of the plan, there are still concerns about a number of issues.

These concerns include:

  • Funding – the current draft indicates that there is reduced funding for schools identified for Comprehensive Support Improvement and potentially little to no funding for schools identified as Targeted Support Improvement.  DSEA questions why the state would target schools for support and improvement without providing them with the necessary resources to improve.
     
  • Use of a summative Star Rating System for schools – the current draft includes a one-to-five star rating system for schools based on the Delaware School Success Accountability Framework and combined with a report outlining additional information about the school.  DSEA along with a number of members of the Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee spoke out strongly against the star rating system noting that it continued a punitive labeling system that did not provide relevant data to help schools improve.
     
  • The definition of “ineffective teacher” - in the Educator Equity section of the plan, the term “ineffective teacher” is defined as, “A teacher who has earned an overall unsatisfactory Student Improvement Component rating on his/her most recent overall summative evaluation.”  Beyond the fact that teachers will be identified as ineffective solely on the basis of Component 5 for reporting purposes when examining educators in high needs schools vs. non-high needs schools, the definition is not aligned with what is contained in either Delaware state code or regulation.  It is unconscionable that teachers will be identified as “ineffective” when determining educator equity solely on the basis of student test scores with no thought given to their own performance as assessed by the other four components in the Delaware Performance Assessment System.

Contact Members of the House and Senate Education Committee

We urge all members to tell legislators that you do not support the 5 star rating system, the definition of ineffective teachers used in the Educator Equity section of the plan, and that the Department needs to provide adequate funding for both Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools and Targeted Support and Improvement Schools.

The House and Senate Education Committees will hold a public hearing on the State's ESSA Plan on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:30 pm in the House Chamber at Legislative Hall.  Use this document (House-Senate Ed Committee Members) to contact members of the committees by phone and email and voice your concerns.


Contact DE Dept. of Education

The current draft of the plan is available [HERE].  The public has until March 30th to comment on the final draft.  

We urge all members to tell the Department of Education that you do not support the 5 star rating system, the definition of ineffective teachers used in the Educator Equity section of the plan, and that the Department needs to provide adequate funding for both Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools and Targeted Support and Improvement Schools.  

Email your comments to:  ESSAStatePlan@doe.k12.de.us.  DOE will submit the plan to USED on April 3rd.