REPORT: Delaware test scores have fallen more than any other state since 2019, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Posted on 11-02-2022

“Delaware test scores have fallen to the bottom of the heap since 2019, with some worse than any other state, according to the Nation’s Report Card, which was released Monday. 

From 2019 to 2022, the average scores for Delaware fourth-graders on the math assessment dropped by 14 points, the steepest of any state. “

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“Teaching is a profession but education is a business that supports Teaching. Parents are the customers who hold schools accountable.  Steve Jobs said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. ” Who are the “smart people ” hired to educate the kids? It’s teachers and building administrators not boards and bureaucracies.  Operational decisions should be made at the local school level and boards and bureaucrats should be limited to oversight responsibilities.  Education should be customized not standardized.  This is the systemic change recommended by State Superintendent Ferguson, the Brookings Institution, and a business consortium led by the DuPont Company. It was piloted and proven successful in Delaware’s first charter school with the intention of implementing it in every public school.  It would improve the state’s economy by attracting new business, retaining existing business, reducing taxes, improving property values, reducing crime rates, reducing the number of people who work here but live across the state line, etc. If you live or work in Delaware, you are affected by our public school system. A systemic change is needed. Commentary by Ronald R. Russso