Delaware Department of Education

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Delaware Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Mark Murphy
FY 2014 Budget:$3.72 billion[1]
Website:Department Home Page
The Delaware Department of Education oversees public K-12 education in Delaware. The department managed 218 schools and 131,514 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]



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Delaware Secretary of Education
List of school districts in Delaware
Public education in Delaware
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The mission statement of the Delaware Department of Education reads:[3]
Delaware’s Department of Education is committed to promoting the highest quality education for every Delaware student by providing visionary leadership and superior service. Therefore, within the next four years, Delaware will challenge its local education agencies to work together to achieve the following goals:
  • 60% proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Grade 4 Math; 55% proficiency on Grade 4 Reading, Grade 8 Math and Grade 8 Reading by 2015.
  • Racial (black-white and Hispanic-white) and income (low income-high income) achievement gaps that close by half on NAEP by 2015.
  • 82% of students meet state standards in math and reading by 2017.
  • An ESEA four-year graduation rate of 89% for the class of 2017.
  • A college enrollment rate of 70% by 2014.
  • A college retention rate of 85% by 2014, as measured by the percent of college students who complete at least one year of college credits within two years.[4]


The current Secretary of Education is Mark Murphy. The following list details his top officials:[5][6]

  • Chief of Staff: Mary Kate McLaughlin
  • Deputy Secretary of Education: David Blowman
  • Legal Counsel: Catherine Hickey
  • Chief Performance Officer, Delivery Unit: Kate Villari (acting)
  • Chief Officer, Teacher & Leader Effective Unit: Christopher Ruszkowski
  • Chief Officer, School Turnaround Unit: Keith Sanders

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has three divisions managed by the officials listed below:[5]

  • Chief Academic Officer, Teaching and Learning: Michael Watson
  • Associate Secretary, Education Supports & Innovative Practices: Susan Haberstroh
  • Associate Secretary/Chief Financial Officer, Financial Reform and Resource Management: Karen Field Rogers

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is composed of seven members who serve six-year terms. Board members are appointed by the Governor of Delaware and confirmed by the Delaware State Senate.[7] According to state law, "[...]At least 2 members of the Board shall have had prior experience on a local board of education; no more than 4 members of the Board shall belong to the same political party; no person shall be eligible to appointment who has not been for at least 5 years immediately preceding appointment a resident of this state; and no person shall be appointed to the Board who is in any way subject to its authority. [...]In constituting the Board, the President shall be appointed from the State at large, but the appointments of the remaining 6 members shall be made so that there shall be on the Board at least 1 resident of the City of Wilmington, 3 residents from New Castle County outside the City of Wilmington, 1 from Kent County and 1 from Sussex County." Board members are compensated $100 per meeting and receive reimbursement for their travel and operating expenses. The purpose of the board is to set policies and regulations for the state's public school system.[8]

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Delaware Department of Education:[6]

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