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Three Schools Honored by State for 'Exceeding Expectations'

On Friday, January 11 students and staff at Rehoboth Elementary, Shields Elementary and Love Creek Elementary all received a surprise visit from the Department of Education Secretary, Dr. Susan Bunting. 


Dr. Bunting took the afternoon to visit each school and present them with an “Exceeding Expectations” banner on behalf of the Delaware Department of Education. The recognition comes after they earned some of the highest ratings on Delaware’s new school accountability system. They were three out of 45 schools who were recognized. The Delaware School Success Framework (DSSF) is a statewide system used for measuring how schools perform in key areas. In a press release from the Department of Education, Dr. Bunting acknowledged that “The DSSF provides important information to help families, educators, and community members understand how their schools are performing and in which areas they are excelling or need more support. Administrators and policymakers alike can use this information to learn from our schools’ successes and to better direct resources where they are most needed.”


There were a total of 213 schools who received accountability ratings, but only 45 scored overall as Exceeding expectations. “We’re very proud of the hard work and dedication both our staff and students put forth every day in the classroom,” said Jenny Nauman Cape Henlopen School District Assistant Superintendent. “To have Dr. Bunting visit three of our schools and recognize this hard work is an honor and a privilege.”


See the full press release and a list of the complete results from the Department of Education on their website at