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Delaware Department of Education

Delaware Department of Education

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In Delaware, children aged five to sixteen are required to attend a public school, homeschool, or other non-public educational option. The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) supports Delaware’s public schools, comprising 19 school districts and 23 charter schools, by providing resources, professional development, grant access, and more to ensure all students are prepared for success in college, careers, and life.

Additionally, the DDOE oversees educator licensure and certification, registers home schools, and manages adult and prison education programs, among other responsibilities outlined in Delaware Code. Education policies, laws, and regulations in Delaware are often developed in collaboration with local educators and stakeholders, the State Board of Education, the Professional Standards Board, and the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA).

HOW Delaware Department of Education AND PATHWAYS CONNECT​

The federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins) aims to enhance career and technical education (CTE) programs and expand opportunities for youth and adult learners. Perkins authorizes the Delaware State Board of Education to oversee CTE programs across the state.

Under Perkins, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) supports ongoing improvement in CTE Programs of Study (Delaware Pathways). The DDOE conducts CTE site visits in districts and charter schools on a five-year rotation schedule. Each visit assesses progress since the previous review, focusing on the academic achievement of CTE students, the connections between high school and postsecondary education, and local and state accountability.

The CTE statewide plan is a component of Delaware’s Combined State Plan under the Delaware Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

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