Delaware Prosperity Partnership

Delaware Prosperity Partnership

One Commerce Center, 1201 N. Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
P: +1 302-477-7497

Overview


From pre-K through university, Delaware boasts a diverse assortment of high-quality public and private educational institutions. There are traditional public schools, magnet or charter, and vocational technical schools located in every county. And the schools are experiencing significant growth, with total public school enrollment increasing by more than 10,000 students over the past ten years. Today, nine out of ten children in Delaware attend public schools, a 6% increase since 2008, according to the Rodel Foundation, a local education policy nonprofit.

Attainment

Nearly 31% of Delawareans aged 25 or older hold a Bachelor's degree or higher, on par with the national average. A significant share of these individuals hold an advanced degree, with a particularly high concentration of advanced degree holders in STEM fields. In fact, Delaware has the 4th-highest concentration of employed Ph.D.’s in health, science, and engineering in the United States, while the number of STEM-educated college graduates living in the state has increased by 25% between 2009 and 2017.

Our K-12 students are some of the most prepared for college, as Delaware ranked #8 among U.S. states for college readiness—measuring the percentage of high school graduates that passed the ACT and/or SAT—according to the U.S. News & World Report. Delaware’s graduation rate has grown significantly in recent years, with an increase in the statewide graduation rate from 80% in the 2012-2013 school year to nearly 87% in the 2016-2017 school year—exceeding the current national average of approximately 85%.

Education and Workforce Partnership Efforts