We have reached the schools that have a Grade A for special education population. These are the schools in Delaware with the highest percentage of special ed populations. The percentages for the A grades are 12.6% to 14.5% special education students compared to the general population of the school. This is not a grade based on the quality of the special education at Delaware schools, but rather a special education department’s ability to have IEPs at a school. Some schools have been accused of giving out IEPs like they are candy but not all of the students may qualify for it. But I would need much more evidence to see if that was the case. I think most of these schools are getting it right, especially in light of some of the other schools in the area that have a very low percentage. After my list of the A schools, I will give a list of the A+ schools, those with 14.6% to 25%, and then the Super A++ schools that most likely cater to a special education population for the vast majority of their student enrollment. Once again, I am not including early learning schools that only cover pre-school and kindergarten because the vast majority of these pre-school students already have IEP’s and it would impact numbers too much. As well, I didn’t include schools that are 100% special education, because those are schools specifically designed for certain disabilities (i.e. deaf students) and by law those types of students would have an IEP.
The A Schools
Beacon Middle School: 14.5%
Central Middle School: 12.6%
Dover High School: 13.2%
Georgetown Elementary School: 13.7%
Indian River High School: 14.1%
Lake Forest Central Elementary School: 13.5%
Lake Forest High School: 13.4%
McCollough Middle School: 12.6%
Mount Pleasant High School: 12.6%
Seaford Central Elementary School: 13.0%
Seaford Middle School: 17.7%
Seaford High School: 13.3%
St. Georges Technical High School: 12.7%
Shortlidge Academy: 14.0%
Shue-Medill Middle School: 12.6%
Smyrna Middle School: 14.3%
Springer Middle School: 14.2%
Sussex Central High School: 14.2%
Talley Middle School: 14.0%
William Penn High School: 12.9%
The A+ Schools
A.I. Dupont Middle School: 17.1%
Bancroft Elementary School: 14.7%
Bayard Middle School: 19.0%
Brown Elementary School: 24.9%
Cape Henlopen High School: 15.0%
Chipman Middle School: 16.5%
Claymont Elementary School: 15.3%
Dickinson High School: 17.5%
East Side Charter: 15.1%
Gauger-Cobbs Elementary School: 13.5%
Harlan Elementary School: 15.0%
John M. Clayton Elementary School: 16.2%
Laurel High School: 17.1%
Mariner Middle School: 18.2%
McKean High School: 20.2%
Millsboro Middle School: 16.6%
Moore (John Bassett) School (Middle): 19.9%
North Smyrna Elementary School: 18.0%
P.S. Dupont Middle School: 14.8%
Prestige Academy (Charter): 19.5%
Read Middle School: 19.9%
Selbyville Middle School: 14.8%
Showell Elementary School: 15.1%
Smyrna High School: 14.8%
Southern Elementary School: 16.1%
Stanton Middle School: 17.3%
Warner Elementary School: 15.4%
William Henry Middle School: 14.8%
The Super A++ Schools:
Gateway Lab School (Charter): 58.7%
Moyer Academy (Charter): 31.3%
Positive Outcomes Charter School: 63.3%
Wallace Wallin School: 54.7%
And that is all the schools in Delaware (public, charter, vocational, alternate) and their special education populations. I think the Super A++ schools deserve a round of applause. These schools sole creation was to help kids with disabilities, and from what I have heard about many of these schools, they do an excellent job.
I will be putting all of the schools into one post for easy reference very soon. But before I do that, I will be doing a post that goes over certain trends and why some schools may be low and why others may be very high. As well, I will go over which school districts need to focus more on special ed, and which ones seem to be doing very well. One important thing to remembers is the state average is 13.5%, but it has been predicted by some that as high as 22% of Delaware’s students should have an IEP. I have already factored in the 100% schools into that average. What isn’t included is the pre-school/kindergarten schools that are at nearly 100%.
The 149th General Assembly officially began on January 10th, this past Tuesday. But the first few weeks tend to be slow. Especially when it comes to education. But we already have seven education bills submitted by the Delaware House of Representatives. No Senate education bills have come forth at this point.
The biggest of these is a carryover from the 148th General Assembly, that of funding for basic special education for students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade. State Rep. Kim Williams made a ton of noise about the need for this funding during the last go-around, and she needs to keep making more noise! There should be NO question whatsoever about the need for this bill. NONE! It should not come down to fiscal concerns either. It needs to happen even if they have to cut some slush fund somewhere. House Substitute 1 for House Bill 12 will be a bill I advocate for this year, no doubt about it! I have to say I am disappointed there are NO Delaware Republicans that signed on to the substitute for this bill although Reps. Spiegelman and Briggs-King did sign on for the original House Bill #12. This is on the agenda for the House Education Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 2:30pm.
State Rep. Earl Jaques’ House Joint Resolution #3 would ensure both the House and Senate Education Committees see the Delaware Every Student Succeeds Act state plan before it is completed and sent to the United States Dept. of Education. That is a step, but I would prefer the General Assembly has authority to accept or reject the plan before it goes to the US DOE! This is also on the agenda for the House Education Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 2:30pm.
The drop-out age and school attendance came out roaring through the legislative gate! State Rep. Sean Matthews submitted two bills while State Rep. Tim Dukes submitted one. Dukes’ House Bill #17 would increase the drop-out age from 16 to 17. It would also include truancy. Matthews’ House Bill #23 takes it a step further and would require a parent or guardian to agree to a student dropping out if they are over the age of 16. Where this could get a bit sticky is what happens if a student is 18? They are of legal age at that point. Some students with disabilities attend school until the age of 21. Matthews’ House Bill #24 would require a parent conference if a student misses five consecutive days without an excuse. My take on this is if parents don’t know their kids are missing five days of school and just wandering around somewhere, it will be tough to get that parent to come to a conference if they are already so disengaged they don’t know what their kid is doing. All of these bills are meant to discourage dropping out and keeping students in school. I wholeheartedly agree with that. The trick is in the details.
This is another carryover from the 148th. State Rep. Deb Heffernan had this one ready to go on June 30th but I have to believe there simply wasn’t enough time to get to every bill that night/morning. But it is back with House Bill #15 which would make computer science a graduation requirement for high school students. This is also on the agenda for the House Education Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 2:30pm.
It wouldn’t be a General Assembly in the 2010s without some type of librarian legislation from State Rep. Paul Baumbach! House Bill #34 would increase the participants in a very long-sounding scholarship name.