The U.S. Department of Education released a state-specific report profiling Delaware's first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top. Reports on 11 other states also were released.
"Race to the Top states have made tremendous strides in this first year," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These 12 states have acted with courage and commitment in taking on ambitious education reform. Their year one work has helped lay the foundation for long-term, statewide improvements centered on doing what's best for students."
The First State's report highlights key accomplishments, including:
· Delaware created a robust district support system that includes efforts such as holding monthly workshops, organizing visits to high-performing schools, and creating an online portal to share effective resources.
· Delaware initiated Common Core (national standards in mathematics and English language arts) training with 79 percent of the state's teachers.
· Delaware offered free access to the SAT college-readiness exam for 11th graders to increase participation and encourage a higher rate of college enrollment. In 2011, 95 percent of 11th graders participated as compared to 36 percent in 2010.