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New Survey Finds Mixed-Ratings for Del. Public Schools

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DELAWARE – A recent survey shows voters give Delaware public schools mixed ratings, and most feel things haven’t changed in recent years for better or worse.

GBA Strategies in partnership with the Vision Coalition of Delaware surveyed 400 registered voters between May 17 & May 19, 2016.

The survey revealed a majority of voters grade Delaware Schools C or below, and roughly 25% gave the state a “D/F”.

Some of the key findings conclude public schools are not meeting the needs of students in a number of areas, particularly in preparing them for college or a career.

More than 2-to-1, voters feel schools aren’t meeting individual needs and tend to rely on a one-size fits all approach.

Teresa Scott is a parent living in Dover, she agrees that more needs to be done to meet individual needs.

"It seems like we're just getting the children ready to take tests,” Scott said, “instead of really investing in teaching them."

The survey also found that more focus needs to be placed on early-education. Something Scott agrees with.

"Personally,” she said, “I start my children off in the private school system first and then I rotate into the public."

The survey states, “There are clear concerns about the state of public education across the state, but Sussex residents and parents with kids in public schools are more likely to offer positive assessments while voters in the City of Wilmington and self-ID Republicans are most likely to give public schools a failing grade.”

To view the complete summary, click here. For the raw data collected from the survey, click here

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