More consistent academic goals and meaningful instruction are just two of the benefits of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), John Sell, assistant principal of Delaware's Sussex Technical High School, wrote in a recent opinion piece for The News Journal. Sell knows a thing or two about education, as he was selected as the state's 2013 Teacher of the Year.
Despite resistance to the CCSS from some Delaware activists, Sell said that the state's educators support the Standards. Teachers have known about the Common Core for some time, as Delaware adopted the Standards June 2, 2010.
"Strong schools are the surest path to our nation's long-term economic success," said Delaware Governor Jack Markell in a press release to coincide with the adoption of the CCSS. "America's students are now competing with children around the globe for jobs and opportunities after graduation. We need to maintain a national focus to ensure our kids are ready to compete and ready to win."
While Delaware has always had education standards, Sell believes the more rigorous Common Core will ensure that students in different parts of Delaware are covering the same content. Sell added that the same will be true of pupils in Delaware and California – or any other state that has adopted the CCSS.