State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Delaware

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 5 on or before August 31 Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 2702
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before August 31 Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 2702
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. 
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049.
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 1060 hours per year for grades K-3. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1049
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:22 for grades K-3. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1705A
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: All approved educator preparation programs for prospective elementary school teachers must provide instruction and evidence-based best practices and strategies for teaching childhood literacy. Instructional concepts include: foundational concepts of oral and written learning, structure of language, learning disabilities, phonemic awareness, phonics and language acquisition. 14 Code Del. Regs. 290 3.3
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Includes instruction in mathematics for prospective elementary school teachers. 14 Code Del. Regs. 290 3.3
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, birth to grade two. Elementary Teacher Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Kindergarten students must be administered a readiness tool and reviewed for readiness within the first 30 days of school. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 151
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? The state require that 5 domains of school readiness be measured within the school readiness assessment, including: language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches toward learning, physical well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 151
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Districts must assess K-2 students for progress toward meeting state standards. Third grade students are administered accountability and growth assessments in English language arts and mathematics. 14 Del.C. 151
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results are used to determine matriculation and promotion. 14 Del.C. 151
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions available in grade 3 for students that have been previously retained and include: academic improvement plans, summer school, supplementary instruction and mentoring programs. 14 Del.C. 153
Is there a third grade retention policy? Third grade retention is required with good cause exemptions. Students that score below the standard, level II, on the statewide assessment are provided different exemptions than those that score well below the standard, level I. 14 Del.C. 153
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required and parental appeal is allowed. 14 Del.C. 153
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is a domain measured by the common statewide readiness tool. An understanding of social-emotional development is included in the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards. Code Del. Regs. 14 1500

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