S.T.U.D.Y. - Seeking To Uplift Delaware's Youth

About Us

The S.T.U.D.Y. initiative is taking great steps to ensure that our children win. Our students have been performing much lower than we believe to be acceptable, and we aim to help them be as successful as they can be. One of the key pieces to this initiative is direct payments to parents and guardians.  Direct Payments Learn More

Actions to Improve Delaware Education

We believe students and teachers come first.  Delaware's parents and teachers deserve to make their own decisions on how to run their schools.  Based on the research conducted and how poorly students have been underperforming in reading and math, we propose the following questions to improve Delaware's education system.   How can we improve transparency in the educational system with regard to our investment in students and outcomes seen? What is the most efficient way to educate our students in terms of the infrastructure of our schools? Which scho...
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Events

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Research

While no single measure is fully adequate to evaluate Delaware’s public school system, more and more data is available to provide a good estimate of performance.  Following is a sample of the current data:
  • Since the passage of the “No Child Left Behind” federal legislation, each year, the U.S. Department of Education administers the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to all public school 4th and 8th graders. Over the last 20 years of testing, almost two-thirds of Delaware’s public school 8th graders have tested below proficient in reading and math. This includes more than 80% of Delaware’s black 8th graders.
  • According to the Delaware Department of Education’s annual Report Card, 47% of all Delaware public school students are below proficient in reading, and 58% are below proficient in math.
  • Delaware Department of Education data shows that the state’s charter schools perform better on the report card than the traditional public schools (61% proficient in reading and 49% proficient in math) and have a lower rate of out-of-school suspensions and incidents of violence. The spending per pupil is 20% lower in the charter schools, and the avera...