Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper joined more than 100 governors, educators and business leaders from across the nation at the two-day National Education Summit in Palisades, N.Y.
Only the third such education summit in history, the 1999 summit focused on ensuring a world-class education system in American schools, including strengthening the way states measure student performance against their standards, improving teacher quality, and sustaining public support for higher academic standards.
The two previous summits in 1989 and 1996 helped spur the nationwide education reform strategy of standards, assessment and accountability now used in 45 states. Today, Delaware has adopted standards in Reading, Writing, Math and Social Studies.
As chairman of the National Governors Association in 1998-99, Gov. Carper says he used his leadership role to help improve student performance nationwide by promoting education accountability, expanding learning opportunities, and harnessing technology.
In Delaware, Gov. Carper has staunchly advocated long-term education efforts involving standards, assessments and accountability -- initiatives all needed for producing high-achieving students.
DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kurt Landgraf, the vice chairman of Delaware's Business/Public Education Council and a long-time supporter of the state's education reform efforts, also participated in the National Education Summit.
"Government and industry must dedicate themselves to a long-term partnership grounded in high academic standards that will produce a truly competitive work force," said Landgraf. "In Delaware, we're moving in the right direction with demanding standards and programs that prepare students to apply what they learn."
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