June 14, 2010
The Honorable Lillian Lowery
Secretary of Education
Department of Education
John G. Townsend Building
Dover, Delaware 19903-1402
Dear Secretary Lowery:
I am writing in response to Delaware’s request to amend its state accountability plan under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Following discussions between the Department and your staff, Delaware made one change to its accountability plan, which is now included in the amended plan that Delaware submitted to the Department on April 27, 2010. I am pleased to approve Delaware’s amended plan, which we will post on the Department’s website. A summary of Delaware’s requested amendment is enclosed with this letter. As you know, any further requests to amend Delaware’s accountability plan must be submitted to the Department for review and approval as required by section 1111(f)(2) of Title I of the ESEA.
Please also be aware that approval of Delaware’s accountability plan for Title I, including the amendment approved herein, does not indicate that the plan complies with Federal civil rights requirements, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
I am confident that Delaware will continue to advance its efforts to hold schools and school districts accountable for the achievement of all students. If you need any additional assistance to implement the standards, assessment, and accountability provisions of the ESEA, please do not hesitate to contact (Victoria.Hammer@ed.gov) or (Valeria.Ford@ed.gov) of my staff.
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph. D.
cc: Governor Jack Markell
Amendment to Delaware’s Accountability Plan
The following is a summary of Delaware’s amendment request. Please refer to the Department’s website "www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplans03/index.html" for Delaware’s complete accountability plan.
Including rewards and sanctions for public schools and local education agencies (LEAs) as part of the state accountability system (Element 1.6)
Revision: Delaware will enter a school into year 1 school improvement status if it has not been a Title I school but begins participation in a Title I program and has missed adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more years.