Delaware in a member of the Common Core Standard States where “Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted the Common Core State Standards”.
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
Delaware is also part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment consortium states comprised of about 25 states. As many of us know, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will be replacing Delaware’s DCAS.
With Delaware being a member of both Common Cores Standards States and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium it makes sense to recognized teaching certificates/ license from other participating states. This would reduce the need for issuing emergency teaching certificates and enhance the competitiveness of teaching Jobs in Delaware. But certainly we must make teacher-pay and compensation competitive. But more importantly meet the needs of Delaware students by going the extra mile in providing the best qualified teachers. Think about it, would you go to a doctor or lawyer with a learners permit?