Delaware Still Leads National Pack Despite Mid-Course Corrections

News, Policy and Practice

January 30th, 2012

Secretary Lowery recently announced changes to DPAS II for this year as well as highlighting that more changes are upcoming for the next school year – all of which will impact various decisions, including bonuses for “highly-effective” educators and tenure decisions. For this school year, all teachers will be evaluated based upon Components...


State of the State: Governor Markell Remains Dedicated to Education

Early Childhood Education, News

January 24th, 2012

On January 19th, Governor Markell gave his annual State of the State address to the General Assembly.   This speech provides an opportunity to gauge the priorities of the executive branch, and this year Governor Markell did not disappoint.   He noted a continued commitment to supporting business and bringing jobs to Delaware, attracting and...


Teacher Effectiveness Study Offers Critical Lessons


January 9th, 2012

Teachers exemplifying certain knowledge and skills outlined in various teaching frameworks, including the one used in Delaware, help students achieve greater academic gains according to the second-year study of the Bill & Melinda Gates’ Foundation Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project.  The project, which was launched in 2009, seeks...


Singapore: A North Star in the Great Teacher Debate

News, Policy and Practice

December 19th, 2011

As Delaware policymakers and teachers struggle with the complexities of introducing student growth measures into the state's revised teacher evaluation system, DPAS II, I hope we don't lose sight of the larger goal.  As a state, we are on a journey to create a great teaching profession so that every child in Delaware has an inspired teacher in...