Delaware operates under the belief that all schools benefit from continuous improvement – including those that receive exceeds expectations ratings – to best support all students. The Delaware School Success Framework (DSSF) outlines the accountability standards by which all Delaware public schools are measured. This state- and school-level data helps identify each school’s needs and determine how best to support students across the state.

DSSF measures the following areas to determine school success. This annual data is publicly available on the Delaware Report Card.

  • Academic achievement – Proficiency for ELA and math (grades 3-8 and 11)
  • Academic progress – Growth in ELA and math (grades 4-8); includes growth of the lowest and highest performing students in a school
  • School quality/student success – On-track attendance (K-12), science proficiency (grades 5, 8 and biology), social studies proficiency (grades 4, 7 and 11), college/career preparedness (grades 9-12), and on-track in 9th grade
  • Graduation rates – 4-year, 5-year and 6-year adjusted cohort graduation rates
  • English language proficiency (ELP) – Progress toward English language proficiency (grades 1-12)

Educator resources

  • 2019-2020 DSSF technical and operations manual – Learn more about how the DSSF fits into and supports public schools under ESSA. Includes information on each indicator, definitions and weighting. Updated May 12, 2019.
  • Accountability Student Verification (ASV) system – Allows districts and charters an opportunity to review DSSF data and submit student data appeals. For access to the ASV ASV Schoology group, contact Adrian Peoples.
  • Toolkit: Success for Delaware Learners – Lists resources designed to improve outcomes for all students. Resources listed are considered either evidence-based or promising practices.
  • 2019-2020 On-track attendance guidance document – Find helpful information for implementing on-track attendance measures. Includes contacts as well as considerations for data entry and appeals. Updated August 12, 2019.
  • Chronic absenteeism resource guide – Provides information on developing and implementing strategies to address chronic absenteeism.
  • 2019-2020 dual enrollment course transfer matrix – Helps districts and charter schools determine whether dual enrollment courses transfer as an academic credit, a technical credit or as an elective.
  • Dual enrollment guidance document – Outlines procedures regarding postsecondary credit attainment, also known as dual enrollment credit.
  • NCES Course Codes – For districts and charters to use for on-track in 9th Grade calculations. Updated May 13, 2019.