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Governor Signs Educator
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Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper signed the Educator Accountability Act establishing standards for teachers and administrators on Wednesday, May 3, 2000.

The Act, combined with the previously approved Education Accountability Act for students, makes Delaware the first state i the nation to adopt a complete education reform package, according to Gov. Carper's office.

The Educator Accountability Act (Senate Bill 260) uses individual students' achievements as a measure of their teachers' effectiveness. Results will first be used to help students and teachers who need help by providing extra learning time for students and mentoring and professional development for teachers.

That assistance will be provided before any of the Act's sanctions are imposed.

"Since 1993, my administration, with the support and participation of the General Assembly, businss community, parents and educators, has moved aggressively to enact landmark changes in our state's education system," said Gov. Carper.

"We've implemented standards in core subjects. We've provided teachers and students with the tools they need to meet those standards. We've created an assessment system, the Delaware Student Testing Program, to provide an accurate measure of student achievement."

S.B. 260 was introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Thomas B. Sharp (D-Pinecrest), Speaker of the House Terry R. Spence (R-Stratford), Senate Majority Leader Thurman G. Adams (D-Bridgeville), Senate Minority Leader Steven H. Amick (R-Newark), Senate Minority Whip Myrna L. Bair, Sen. Robert L. Venables (D-Laurel), House Majority Leader Wayne A. Smith (R-Brandywine Hundred), House Minority Leader Robert F. Gilligan (D-Sherwood Park), and House Minority Whip John F. Van Sant.

The measure establishes a system of licensure, certification, evaluation and professional development to improve the quality of classroom instruction for Delaware children.

"Together, we've created a system in which students, educators, schools and districts are responsible for fostering excellence and preparing our youth for success in college and the work force in the 21st Century," said Gov. Carper. "With this system in place, we've provided Delaware students, parents, and educators with the most progressive education reform initiative in America. This is a landmark day for education in Delaware and, in many respects, the nation.:

Gov. Carper said the measure also enhances Delaware's ability to recruit and retain highly skilled and effective educators, which he says is critical to student success.

S.B. 260 makes salaries more competitive with others in the region with a focus on raising the salaries of starting teachers, encourages focused, career-long professional development for all teachers, and compensates teachers for taking on additional responsibilities or becoming National Board Certified.

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