Del. officials announce accelerated learning plan
WILMINGTON, Del. – On Tuesday, Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting announced their plans for helping schools support students and address unfinished learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re told that using federal funding with the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Delaware will focus on key areas to support districts and charter schools in helping students make up for unfinished learning. The state received approximately $21 million for K-12 education, and districts and charter schools received more than $164 million from the bill.
The Delaware Strategy to Accelerate learning focuses on four core actions:
- Support the Use of High-Quality Instructional Materials – will provide statewide licenses for access to high quality instructional materials such as Zearn Math for every rising 1st through 8th grader, and Summer Booster Literacy for every rising 1st through 5th grader
- Support Training and Professional Learning – will provide initial and ongoing professional learning to support learning acceleration, which will also be open to those working in nonprofit programs and other summer and after school programs
- Support Leveraging Data to Diagnose Unfinished Learning – support schools to implement a balanced assessment system and leverage data that supports educators in diagnosing unfinished learning and providing the necessary scaffolds to ensure all students have access to grade level instruction
- Support Structures to Accelerate Learning – provide high-dosage tutoring beginning this summer with a focus on students who need the most help
In addition, the Delaware Department of Education will provide access for every student to an online text repository of roughly 3 million e-books and the Delaware public library collection. Schools will be able to track how many texts students have read and how much time is spent reading.
Additional expenditures from this federal funding include supports for non-English speaking families and family engagement around these resources, support for Delaware’s school-based wellness centers, targeted professional learning packages for high-need schools, behavioral health supports, and more.
We’re the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress last month, will provide the Delaware Department of Education more than $40 million and districts and charters nearly $370 million.