State of Delaware Adopts New Core Education Standards

by Dave on August 23, 2010

Changes are coming to the educational curriculum at area schools because of a recent decision by state officials.

The Delaware State Board of education adopted the “National Common Core Standards for English, Language Arts and Mathematics” at their meeting on Thursday, August 19th.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell, in his role with the National Governor’s Association, has championed the standards nationwide. Now, they are official policy in the First State.

“Our children’s education is vital to their long term personal and economic success,” Governor Jack Markell said. “A Delaware diploma should signal strength in any state in the country and any country in the world. It should say our students graduated ready for success in the global marketplace.”

According to the Delaware Department of Education, “Some students will see changes resulting from implementation of Common Core Standards as early as the second semester of this school year. For instance, some math now taught at the middle school level will start being taught one year earlier at the elementary level. The 2011-2012 school year will reflect most Common Core Standard changes.”

The standards focus on English and mathematics for all grade levels.

“English and Math are critical subjects that provide a foundation for all learning and can set children on a path to college readiness. These new standards will help all educators bolster the quality of classroom instruction and move us closer to the intensive reform needed in our schools,” Education Secretary Lillian M. Lowery said.

According to the state Department of Education, Delaware’s new curriculum standards:

* Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards known as DE Prioritized Curriculum;
* Align with college and work expectations;
* Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
* Are evidence and/or research-based;
* Are clear, understandable and consistent;
* Are informed by other top performing countries so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy.

To review the entire list of standards, visit www.corestandards.org/the-standards.

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