P-20 Charts Path Forward; Signs onto RTTT-ELC

Early Childhood Education

October 7th, 2011

Yesterday, the Delaware P-20 Council met for the first time since the membership was expanded and authority was clarified by legislation, focusing on the need to enact cross-agency data sharing regulations that meet our Race to the Top promises. With support from USED’s longitudinal data experts, they now will be drafting regulations for data...


NEA and TFA Agree – Teacher Preparation Needs an Overhaul

News, Policy and Practice

October 3rd, 2011

Last Friday, Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled his plan for teacher education reform and improvement in America’s schools at an Education Sector event.  Secretary Duncan was joined by NEA president Dennis Van Roekel and Teach for America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp, both of whom endorsed the plan and gave their thoughts on educator preparation...


Duncan’s Decision on NCLB is the Right Call


August 9th, 2011

Secretary Duncan made the right call when he announced plans to override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) school accountability law that requires 100 percent proficiency in math and reading by 2014. I was working in the Washington D.C. area in 2002 when President Bush signed NCLB into law.  I remember my colleagues...


Delaware’s Waiver Request on Educator Evaluation: We Must Fulfill our Commitments

News, Policy and Practice

July 8th, 2011

In its winning Race to the Top application, Delaware promised to implement the state regulations it passed in 2009 changing the state’s teacher, administrator, and specialist evaluation system, known as DPAS II. The planned change would finally link the evaluation of our teachers, leaders, and paraprofessionals to student growth. All of...