Delaware is one of four state education agencies, four Chinese Flagship Centers and numerous school districts from across 10 states that are working collaboratively to implement K-12 Chinese education pathways over the next three years.
Lead by the Brigham Young University Chinese Flagship Center and Utah State Office of Education and funded by a $1 million federal grant from the Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program, the consortium is working to create, implement and disseminate what will become a national model of a well-articulated and replicable K-12 pathway for Chinese language study. By college graduation, students should achieve professional level (ACTFL Superior) proficiency.
“We want students to be ready for a new world of international jobs that will be open to them,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “ That means mastering world languages so they can work with, and compete effectively against, workers around the world. These students are preparing themselves for the global economy of tomorrow. ”
The consortium also will develop and implement plans for national dissemination, program evaluation, and program quality control. An executive committee and national advisory board will oversee the effort.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to prepare for the global marketplace,” Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian M. Lowery said. “Through this partnership, Delaware will have access to curriculum and assessments provided by the consortium and our students will have the opportunity to continue their Chinese language study at any of the Flagship universities.”