Reading score discovery at Colonial

Colonial surprise: Reading scores higher after COVID

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Colonial School District Superintendent Jeffrey D. Menzer unearthed a surprising fact while he was devising a method to track the effectiveness of a new focus on student reading skills and scores. The 2022 eighth graders who had been at Colonial schools since second grade scored higher on reading proficiency tests than those in eighth grade in 2019, Menzer told the …

Goldey-Beacom College

Goldey-Beacom’s endowment helps it rank high for upward mobility

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Goldey-Beacom College’s president says the school’s use of its endowment to commit to affordable tuition landed it in the top 20% of a think tank ranking of economic mobility for institutions of higher learning. The ranking comes from Washington D.C.’s center-left think tank Third Way.  It takes into consideration the amount of time it takes low-income students to recoup the …

DSU rises to No. 2 in public HCBUs in college ranking

DSU rises to No. 2 public HBCU in college rankings

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Delaware State University rose one place to No. 2 in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings of the nation’s best public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Dover-based school also rose to No. 8 from No. 10 among all HBCUs. The ranking reflects DSU’s journey of progress, said DSU President Tony Allen. “We believe what we’re doing …

EastSide Charter STEM hub

EastSide celebrates Barclays $1M donation for STEM lab

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Plans were unveiled Monday for a $22 million STEM hub at EastSide Charter, partly paid for by a $1 million donation from Barclays US Consumer Bank. “What’s unique about this opportunity is that there are corporations that have already partnered with us,” said Aaron Bass, chief executive officer at EastSide, “to make sure that there is job training, internships and …

Ursuline seniors welcomed lower school students back to class Wednesday morning.

Winnie the dog, seniors welcome back Ursuline students

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

      Cheering Ursuline Academy seniors waving signs welcomed students of the lower school back to the classroom Wednesday, along with a new furry friend.  Winnie, who’s celebrating her first birthday Wednesday as students return, is a poodle mix that was adopted by the academy to provide emotional support for students.  Donna Kinzel, Usuline’s chief financial officer, said that …

Wilmington Learning Collaborative

School boards lay out worries, support for Learning Collaborative

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

    A joint meeting Tuesday of the Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay school districts about the Wilmington Learning Collaborative featured a lively discussion, but still no vote. The 21 board members were joined by Gov. John Carney, Education Secretary Mark Holodick and other key education officials. While no one outright opposed the learning collaborative, some expressed concern about the …

Newark Charter School cut the ribbon for its new junior high building Tuesday

Newark Charter completes 21-year expansion 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

  Newark Charter School unveiled its $20 million junior high school Tuesday. It’s the latest addition to a campus that began with classes in trailers scattered around a parking lot in 2001.  Then, the charter school had 435 students in grades five to seven. Now, its campus easily could be confused with a small college. Newark Charter today sits on …

Caesar Rodney summer reading program

Caesar Rodney debuts ‘100-minute’ reading challenge

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  The Riders of Caesar Rodney School District have saddled up to corral a higher number of summer reading minutes. And in doing so, the students just might lasso some of the hundreds of dollars worth of prizes as a reward.  Until Friday July 22, kindergarten to grade 12 students in any of Caesar Rodney’s 13 schools can participate in …

Appoquinimink School District buses

Appo votes to buy 25 buses for fall use

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Appoquinimink School District’s board voted unanimously this week to  invest $215,000 in up to 25 new buses by the fall. This will help serve 2,000 students for whom the district has not been able to provide busing. The idea of the district purchasing its own buses instead of relying only on companies that contract with the district to provide …

Grades

Appoquinimink: No plans to drop letter grades

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A flyer for an Appoquinimink School District professional development workshop left some people thinking that the district was ditching a grade-scale system for next year. They are not. “The workshop, originally titled, ‘Ungrading & Portfolio Lens Crash Course’ was an attempt at a catchy title that we now regret,” said Lilian Miles, Appoquinimink’s public information officer, in an email to …